Born and raised in Gelvandale Belinda started performing professionally at 14, often singing at the now-closed Razzmatazz Club in dingy Govan Mbeki Avenue.
Her mother, Dorothy, was her hairstylist, she recalls, and her grandmother, Elizabeth, her protector. “I was granny’s baby.” They supported her when she moved to Cape Town as a young woman looking to make her mark. I was there she won the hearts of judges when she was chosen among 15 000 hopefuls as the show’s star in 2013. According to its website, the show management company spend more than a year perfecting the production and finding their lead singer. They visited 12 countries and chose Belinda as the best candidate to bring Whitney back to life. She travelled the world and worked with international music stars Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson and Monica, but Belinda doesn’t consider herself a celebrity. She loves living her dream, but as soon as she steps of stage she removes the hair, lashes and make-up and becomes Belinda Davids- a regular single mother to Blake (21) and Joshua (5), who also happen to like music.
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