Jacqui Carpede is a recording artist, actress, dancer, and MC/Speaker who is making waves within the entertainment industry. Jacqui became renowned when she entered an SABC1 reality show called Coca Cola Popstars in 2004. Having teamed up with Mariechan Luiters and Liesl Penniken, the trio placed second in the competition. They then went on to form the group “Jamali” that became extremely popular and the self-titled debut album was certified for gold within weeks. The Jamali album rapidly became platinum with hit singles like “Greatest Love”, “Love me for me” and “Dalile”. The trio recorded 4 albums and was nominated six times at the South African Music Awards and won an award for “Best urban pop” in 2008. Growing up to the humble beginnings in the township of Eldorado Park, Jacqui always dreamt of a successful career in music.
Jacqui Carpede began dancing and singing at the age of 7 years old, her confidence at such a young age
allowed her to enter her first singing competition called “Reach for the Stars‟ or “Keur ryk na die sterre”.
At age 14 Jacqui entered the Jam ALLEY “Be a Megastar Competition‟ in 1997. As a runner up she
believes she actually won the best prize which was to go on tour with all the local SONY artists at the
In 2003 the tenacious songstress sneaked into a closed audition where they were looking for a
performer to sing at a beautiful holiday resort in Turkey for 6 months, she landed the job however that
was not the only accomplishment for her this was also the first time she would travel overseas.
Jacqui continued to sharpen her skills and pursue her dreams of becoming a commercial performimg
artist by doing cabaret shows and musical theatre.
Living in South Africa amongst many cultures has influenced Jacqui to be bilingual in a variety of
languages such as: English, Afrikaans, Sotho and Zulu.
THE JACQUI COLLECTION
2015, the year that Jacqui launched her dress line, “The Jacqui Collection”. This clothing line focuses on
one of a kind designed evening dresses, matric dance dresses, wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses as
well as cocktail dresses for the urban fashionista.
Jacqui Carpede is known for her fashion statements and she aims to share her style with her fans.
PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED FOR
•The late Nelson Mandela
•Mary J Blige