Tamara Dey was found by DJ Pepsi, who introduced her to Bruce Sebitlo and Oscar Mdlongwa (DJ Oscar of YFM radio) of Brothers of Peace. She was dubbed the First Lady of Kwaito, an icon of township pop, and 'The First Lady of Song' (Sunday Times).The cooperation resulted in the chart-topping Thathi 'Mphahlayakho, which established her career.
Her collaboration with BOP on this track took her around South Africa on the Sony Summer Sounds Tour 2000, alongside BOP and a group of 60 artists including Mandla Spikiri's Trompies and Mafikizolo. In early 2001, the song was nominated for three SA Music Awards.
Tamara has overcome all cultural, age, and linguistic hurdles. She has quietly been recognised as one of the few South African artists working to bridge the gap between all cultures, ages, and races. Tamara's music has been regarded as the 'unofficial language' of South Africa, reflecting the heart and spirit of the country.