Based: Cape Town
James Bhemgee is a former street sweeper and unemployed tenor. He won SA’s Got Talent 2 in 2010, a show hosted by SABC 2. He was first discovered on the streets of Cape Town by a woman who overheard him singing whilst he was working as a street sweeper. Impressed, she paid for Bhemgee to have vocal lessons and today he performs with the group the Cape Flats Tenors.
Bhemgee caught the world’s attention with his incredible voice and rags to riches story and since then have had the privilege to perform at numerous sold out performances. James has also performed with international Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and was part of Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra Tour in South Africa.
After winning SA’s Got Talent James said: “For 13 years I’ve been unemployed, those 13 years were the hardest part of my life. I didn’t have opportunities to sing but I never gave up on my dream. I survived. I went through very tough times but I was and I am a believer.”
James Bhemgee released his debut album titled “Vincero” in November 2011.