Pinkie Mtshali who hails from Umlazi is a well known all-rounder singer who started her career as an Opera Singer and later found home in cabaret and Afro-Jazz/pop music. She has performed and understudied major and minor roles for different shows working from Opera, Musicals, Pop shows and Cabarets with local and international Conductors, Directors and Singers throughout the country and abroad.
She is the brain behind Durban Divas show designing and sewing costumes, directing, staging and managing the group.
After matriculation she enrolled at the Natal Technikon’s academy of music studying voice technique with Sandra de Villiers the Opera Africa’s CEO, winning the SAMRO and Durban Arts Bursaries.
In 1991 she joined the NAPAC OPERA SINGERS performing and understudying roles in no less than eight major stage productions. In October 1992 she joined the CAPAB OPERA CHORUS in Cape Town for
five years working with national and international Directors and Conductors whether in Opera, Concerts or Musicals, whilst there she won the Gwen Streichter Prize for voice study and studied with South Africa’s acclaimed Capetonian Opera singer Virginia Davids.
From May 1996 Pinkie left Capab and started freelancing as an actress, singer, cabaret director and master of ceremonies. Pinkie has sung in most of this country’s music centers as well as a guest on SABC’S TV Shows and was nominated for a 1998 FNB Vita ward for Best supporting actress in her role of Mrs Matshinga in ABBA MANIACS, a show that toured South Africa for 3 years. She also featured at the international Durban Film festival where she acted several characters in a movie ‘The Sunflower’.
Pinkie was a guest singer in the Prince of Dubai’s birthday party in the SEYCHELLES ISLANDS in DECEMBER 2004.