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Last Updated: 16-08-13


  • biography
  • Mandisa Mathebula, known as 'The Pearl', began singing at the tender age of 7. Introduced to various music tastes at the age of 12 by Scandal scriptwriter Percy Vilakazi, her love for music began to blossom. THE PEARL obtained a diploma in Fashion Design and began her first job as a wardrobe assistant on Backstage, a popular South African drama. There she met Clint Brink who mentored her in terms of her vocals. In 2008 she was introduced to Labella Dani who harnessed her talent by making her a backing vocalist for two years. In 2009 she volunteered at SowetoTV to assist with a Jazz show where she worked with Terry. In 2009 Percy Vilkazi presented her with the opportunity to do session singing for a show on TV. She took up the chance and has been a session singer to date. In studio she has worked with the likes of Andy Magazz, Malik Zwane, Donald, Kelly Khumalo, Dj Bonnie amongst others. In 2012 she joined a choir and recorded a live DVD and CD. This was her first professional music act that gained her recognition with Loyiso Ngcala. THE PEARL writes and performs music that is soulful, jazzy and music that one can dance to. Her brand is easy to listen and relate to, catering to people of all ages, covering Soul, Jazz, RnB and House music.