INTRODUCING PRISCILLA CLOETE Priscilla Cloete is a 33 year old female who lives in a small community on the West Coast called Atlantis. She is the eldest of 3 children, with 2 brothers. She is also a single parent to a baby boy , Jarret, who is now 2 years old. Priscilla has performed all over in the Western Cape, Namibia, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. She also shared stages with Rebecca Malope, Vuyo Mokoena, Lionel Petersen, Mynie Grove, Drie van die Bestes, Joyous Celebration Mass Choir, Benjamin Dube, etc and was chosen as one of the best female vocalist to perform with Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir. Education: Priscilla started her primary education in Atlantis at Protea Park Primary School, then Parkview Primary School and finished at Hermes Ave Primary School. She then finalised her matric certificate at Proteus Senior Secondary School in 1992. She had no further formal education besides doing short courses and some technical college attendance. Employment: Her career started in 1994 by working in a factory in Atlantis, Schlumberger Measurements and Systems but soon realised that this was not the environment she wished to work in. In 1997 she was offered a position with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as an Office Assistant in the Amnesty Department being responsible for the management and coordination of Amnesty applications. In 2001 she joined the National Prosecuting Authority in Pretoria as Administrative Coordinator of the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit who focuses on the reduction of violence against women and children in South Africa. Currently the Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women employs her since January 2006. Singing: Priscilla has always since the age of 3-4 years old has a passion for singing and on many occasions entertained the family as they were driving long distances until she would fall asleep. She started performing at the age of 9 years old by singing in the Protea Park Primary School Choir directed by Mr Van der Merwe. Since then she did not shy away when approached to sing at any events organised by both primary and secondary schools. In 1993 she joined HOPE Atlantis Youth Choir, a community initiative under the spiritual guidance and leadership of Katie Roman. As one of the soloist of the choir she managed to touch the hearts and lives of so many people. Performances: Priscilla is also soloist in her church, United Reformed Church, Wesfleur. She has been singing in church since the age of 14 and younger. Her performances at Confirmations, Weddings, Funerals and other special gatherings has been an absolute blessing. Dr Nathan Philander, the current Reverend for the past 17 years is her true inspiration. Without his spiritual guidance and support Priscilla would not have been the leader she is today. He has not only given her the platform to perform but have encouraged her as a spiritual leader and friend. She recently initiated the establishmentof a youth choir at church to encourage youngsters to praise God through song and dance and most look up to this group of youngsters in total admiration. She also served on the church council as Deacon. Priscilla has performed all over in the Western Cape, Namibia, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. She also shared stages with Rebecca Malope, Vuyo Mokoena, Lionel Petersen, Mynie Grove, Drie van die Bestes, Joyous Celebration Mass Choir, Benjamin Dube, etc and was chosen as one of the best female vocalist to perform with Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir when they toured South Africa in 1998. In 1999 she was nominated as the Soloist of the Year hosted at the Nico Malan in Cape Town. She has had no formal voice training yet manages to impress so many with her spiritual songs, mostly originally performed by Cece Winans and Yolanda Adams. She took part in the Shell Road to Fame competition in 2001. She has also recently competed at Shoprite Park Singing Competition hosted by Gemini where she made it through to the Semi Finals. She is not a stranger in her community. Most know Priscilla because of her love for ministering the Word of God through song. She performs locally but are also known to a lot of the Cape Town Community. During last year she performed at the Wheat Trust Fundraising event, also attended by Mynie Grove in Durbanville; the 1000 Women’s Luncheon at the Cape Town Convention Centre and performed with Melanie Scholtz (jazz soloist and lyricist) , Aviva (one of Cape Town’s opera singers), etc; the event was attended by the Mayor of Cape Town, Ms Helen Zille, Jerry Rantseli (MC), and other important guests. She was also the guest artist at a SAWID conference hosted for women and guest speaker Premier Ebrahim Rasool. The whole family is blessed with this amazing talent to sing, which is probably why they are her true supporters. During 2006, Priscilla got in contact with Jazz Artist, Allou April who has since been an exceptional true friend, producer, composer and song writer. Allou has had the opportunity of collaborating with many outstanding musicians such as Sibongile Khumalo, Robbie Jansen, Hotep Galeta, Joe McBride and Al Jarreau. He has helped her record her first Gospel CD, which will be released on 5 December 2008. The CD (suitable for young and old) has own compositions written by Allou April and other well known cover versions. Her brother David, nieces Mariana & Susan, nephew Oscar, church friends Damian & Ashwin has been her backing vocals on the CD. The CD is a dedication to her mother and son but also especially in memory of her late grandmother, Anna Wildschutt, who believed in her and always taught her that “Love and Respect for one another should be one’s main focus in life and all other things will be added.” Contact Priscilla for bookings on 084 605 0062 or email@example.com CHATTING WITH PRISCILLA What’s your spice4life? (that one thing that inspires and motivates you to be) What drives your passion? Memories of my late Grand mother. She was my true inspiration. A humble woman. “Love and respect for yourself and your neighbour… and the rest will be added” What is your personal inspirational message to the women of South Africa? Never give up on yourself and your dreams (what you believe in)!!! Do your Best and God will do the rest!!! Do you support or have any particular charity, cause or individual? I have a passion for community work, hence my involvement at Orion. I am also Foster parent to a 19 year old, Beverley. Her mom passed away when she was only 7 years old. She has no other family and its an absolute pleasure seeing her grow into this beautiful young woman. The things I love most are… Spending time with family My favourite quote is… “Do your Best and God will do the rest” Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.