Brave singing sensation Tamara enjoyed performing on TeenStar final

Published: 21 July 2014 | by Janine Dube
Brave singing sensation Tamara enjoyed performing on TeenStar final
11-year-old Tamara Msimanga has suffered serious ill health due to a congenital heart disease from birth but this has not stopped her from living her dream.

The budding star took part and got to perform at the National Grand Final of TeenStar on Saturday 19th July at National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.


Tamara Msimanga


TeenStar is a nationwide competition and the 2013 winner was X Factor finalist, Luke Friend.

Tamara entered the pre-teen category of the TeenStar Regional Finals at Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket and is clearly confident and has loved singing since she was two-years-old.

Talking to OneVybe, Tamara says that her favourite music stars are FB who performed Xigubu with DJ Ganyani, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande.


FB, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea


Tamara's mum Michelle, originally from Zimbabwe, told the Paisley Daily Express: "She was born with this congenital heart disease.

"It meant only two of the four chambers of her heart were working.

"She collapsed when she was just three days old.

"She turned blue and stopped breathing ... and her chest caved in.

"It was quite traumatic."

It is a lifelong illness but brave Tamara, who is big sister to Tyrell, seven, and four-year-old Tylor-Pierre, has achieved so much.

Tamara has even attracted the attention of ITV who asked for an interview with her.

Tamara's parents have been instrumental and unwavering in their support. Michelle told OneVybe that Tamara has always been artistic and bubbly and what's important is helping her excel in what she loves.



Unfortunately Tamara did not win the TeenStar final but she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.



Tamara's performance had an African theme and she is looking forward to doing more competitions and working hard to improve her vocal skills.


Tamara after her TeenStar performance

- OneVybe/PaisleyDailyExpress

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