- Nomfusi recalls the desperate circumstances of her mother’s death at age 12, while her father was in prison
- From restaurant server to global entertainer, she recounts the steps to stardom
- She says she would never have envisioned the teeming crowds, the global tours nor the success
South African Afro-soul singer Nomfusi was discovered just over ten years ago, and her star hasn’t stopped rising since. Harnessing an explosive voice and glittering charisma, there is nothing small about where this pint-sized songstress is headed.
But Nomfusi didn't have it easy growing up in the township of KwaZhakele in the Eastern Cape. She recalls, “I grew up in a shack in the township of KwaZhakele in Port Elizabeth with my mother, a domestic worker, and two siblings. Unfortunately, my mom passed away when I was twelve of HIV/Aids. My father was in jail for years, so I was like an orphan and there was no one to take care of me,”
The unexpected twists and plights of life came hard and fast for young Nomfusi. From it all she gleaned the art of staying ready… “After finishing school, I got a job in a restaurant in Cape Town, where I was also required to sing in between serving tables. I was discovered at my township church soon after that and offered a music scholarship. At my graduation concert I was spotted by Universal Music, who offered me a recording contract.”
Her critically acclaimed first album, “Kwazibani”, was a tribute to her mother’s life. The SAMA nominated singer and burgeoning actress confesses that she never envisioned that she would ever perform for big crowds or even get out of South Africa to tour the world. Just goes to show, it’s not where you start…
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