The first time I saw Shotgun Tori she was covered in glitter standing outside Openroom Studios in Greenside, Jozi waiting to go inside and perform.

She was barefoot on the pavement and I remember thinking, “What a goddam hippie.”

Cut to about two-and-a-half years later and it’s quite a feat when you consider what she’s achieved

With over 300 live performances under her belt, this lady has also graced stages at festivals like Oppikoppi, Strab, Afrika Burns, Mieliepop, Parklife, Rise & Shine and whole host of others. Her single ‘Sweet Weather’, which had a cutesy, fun video to boot, had a 9 week run on the MK Top 10 reaching the coveted number one spot and a receiving a nomination for an MK Award in the “Best Solo” category.

I had the privilege of staying with Shotgun Tori for a week last year in May where I got to know her a little better and let me tell you, this woman bleeds her music. It’s very refreshing to see an artist who gets that candid onstage.

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