Port Elizabeth singer songwriter Lisa Yengeni – formerly the sole female voice in Bay a cappella group Legato – will close the month of love with a performance on the PE Opera House’s Jazz Afro Sunday slate on February 24.
The soprano says her style is influenced by a variety of genres ranging from classical through to modern but has found her home in live Afro jazz music, drawing her writing inspiration from hers and others’ life experiences.
Yengeni went solo in 2018 as an independent artist, putting together a music production called Life in Music which featured her original compositions.
Yengeni and the Life in Music Band were the guest band at the Eastern Cape Achievers awards hosted at the Port Elizabeth ICC at the Boardwalk hotel.
Heading further back, she was born into a musical family and loved music from primary school days where her teacher guided her and developed her talent.
That same teacher signed Yengeni up for various competitions, leading to Eastern Cape provincial colours in 2000 and being picked for the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir which travelled to Belgium and the Netherlands.
She then joined gospel a capella sextet Vocal Blend in 2002, singing with it for several years. The group recorded and released two albums, Ngoban’ aba? and Gama elihle and travelled across South Africa performing and hosting concerts, gospel shows and church functions.
In September 2015, Yengeni joined Legato SA along with four male vocalists. Legato SA were the first runners up of the international a capella competition Sing off SA.