She is a multi-award-winning actress, boasting of two National Arts Merit Awards (Namas), however, while most artistes would bask in the glory of their success, Qeqeshiwe “Qeqe” Mntambo is not a happy woman, she wants more.
She now wants to launch a music career.
“My parents used to drop me off after school at Ingwe studios when I was ten years old just to record my own compositions with Gabs Fire.
“Music is an inborn talent which I have now realised I have to start pushing because it came first before acting,” said the dreadlocked song bird.
The Xhosa girl from the Mbembesi clan is going to work on an Afro Jazz album.
“I have always been a jazz fanatic because it helps me express myself and my culture, so this year I will be working on a full-length album that will be mostly composed in isiXhosa,” she said.
Godwin Smalls from Elephant Herd music, Mdue Sevan and Daluk SA will take care of the production department of the album.
Focusing on music doesn’t mean Qeqe has abandoned the stage, she will also be visible in the acting scene as she is looking forward to shooting a television production script written by herself.
Qeqe, a multi-talented artiste, studied Creative Arts at Bambatha Actors Centre under the guidance of veteran arts practitioner Stix Mhlanga.
She won the Best Outstanding Actress award for her role as Suku in the 2013 ZBC-TV drama series titled Suku.
In 2018, she scooped the Outstanding Actress for a theatre production called The Hostel directed by Thulani Mbambo.