Solo Artist to Backing Trax and/or with Backing Singers

BORN in DURBAN in 1960, PJ Powers made her debut as a vocalist with the all-girl group “Pantha" in 1979. She then fronted the rock group “Hotline" from 1980 through to 1987, when she launched her solo career. 1988 saw PJ banned from radio and TV for a year by the apartheid government for her performance at a charity concert for war orphans in Zimbabwe, together with Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte.

She was encouraged to continue her singing by Nelson Mandela, who sent her an encouraging letter from Victor Verster Prison in Cape Town. PJ's 1995 collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo “World in Union", introduced her to an international audience, when the song charted in the United Kingdom.

PJ has graced the stage at high profile events, performing to an audience with Queen Elizabeth (UK), King Juan Carlos (Spain) and Queen Beatrix (Netherlands), her performance at the Inauguration of President Nelson Mandela, and the Rugby World Cup further consolidated her high profile career.

In the '90s her music took on a more Afro-pop focus, Finding a receptive audience in the black market, and she took on the nickname Thandeka, "the loved one", and has shared the stage with big names such as; Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Hugh Masekela, and other big names.

In 2009 Powers's song, World In Union was featured in the Academy Award-nominated film, Invictus (film). 2010 saw PJ teaming up with local Hip Hop Superstar, HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula) to record a collaborative album featuring the remake of the ever popular Hotline hit ‘Jabulan,i’.

2011 sparked a new venture for PJ as she dedicates herself to another love she has developed – Motivational speaking. PJ has created a platform in the form of her own company called ‘The Power of Appreciation,’ where she will spend most of her time conducting inspirational and motivating speaking forums, based on her life and her experiences, her trials and tribulations and on how these factors have inspired her to became the person she is today.

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