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Gigi's Stomping Grounds

Genesis Gabriella Tina Manney (23), popularly known as Gigi Lamayne, shares how spending her formative years in Diepkloof, Soweto, helped develop her love for music.

Fundiswa Nkwanyana

BEFORE THE MUSIC BUG

Gigi had a carefree childhood that involved playing on the streets and sharing kotas bought from a local tuck shop with friends. Her fondest memories include dressing up for Guy Fawkes Day. Children would dress up as parents, sing and dance around the township collecting money from the community. “Wearing our parents’ clothes and singing a song called Penny Penny on the streets was so much fun!” she says.

EXPLORING HER PASSION

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July 2018