Formerly a street sweeper, Bhemgee rose to stardom when he won on SA’s Got Talent with his excellent voice.
He was first discovered on the streets of Cape Town by a woman who overheard him singing. So impressed by what she heard, she offered to pay him for singing lessons.
RIP James. I played this full blast today.
After winning the competition in 2010, Bhemgee 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.”
He released his debut album, Vincero in 2011. He also performed with Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and was part of the South African leg of Andre Rieu’s tour.