Top 16 Girls: Watch Ntokozo Mvelase performing ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’

Ntokozo Mvelase performing ‘I'd Rather Go Blind’ by Etta James

Ntokozo Mvelase performed ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ by Etta James.

This blues and soul classic was originally recorded in 1968 by Etta James, and it’s been through a number of hands since, including Clarence Carter, Rod Stewart, and BB King. In 2017, disco diva Dua Lipa did a live version. The version that’s best known may be the one that Beyoncé did for the 2008 film ‘Cadillac Records’, but the cover Ntokozo will tackle was recorded in 2013 by Vusi Nova for his debut album ‘Walk into Light’ – he took the mournful original and turned it into a jazzy, soulful, midtempo dance tune.

Ntokozo came out swinging pouring all of herself into an emotional and soul-stirring homage to Etta James with her evergreen ode to love unrequited and lost forever.

Unathi was in tears while Somizi gave Ntokozo a standing ovation, not forgetting that both he and judge Randall also gave Ntokozo a “WOOSHEM” as not everyone can capture the vulnerability, depth and hurt in Etta James’ voice like that.

Watch Ntokozo Mvelase’s performance below;

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Idols SA 2020 ‘Season 16’ airs every Sunday on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 at 17:00 (SAST – South African Standard Time).

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