The Soul Sensation from South Africa

photo by Merwelen van der Merwe
photo by Merwelen van der Merwe

The soul of Mama Africa meets the fire of Motown and Soul in pint-sized packet of dynamite. Music critics have tipped the singer for being the next big thing to come out of South Africa with the qualities of a world star. Nomfusi's life story was described in Rolling Stone South Africa as "the sort of story Hollywood is bound to snap up." She was born in the township of KwaZhakele in the Eastern Cape. Her single mother raised her while her father languished in jail for 21 years. A domestic worker by day, Kwazibani was a sangoma (African medicine woman) with a gift for music. Nomfusi would accompany her mother to the weekly sangoma rituals ("Intlombe") where Nomfusi would develop her musicality by dancing and singing for hours. 

 

Not one to just stand behind a microphone and sing, the self-taught singer and songwriter has become well known for her untamed stage performances all over the world. After a mere six years in the industry, Afro-soul star Nomfusi has become one of South Africa’s most sought-after export products with over twenty international tours under her belt. The SAMA nominated singer, who is based in Johannesburg  was counted under the top ten rising stars on ETV Showbiz Report in South Africa. With a gigantic voice and tons of charm there is nothing small about the petite songstress Nomfusi. With sheer will and determination she has risenfrom the squalor of South African squatter camps to glistening on the stages of the world. The Sama and Metro FM nomine is now ready to take on the international market by storm.

 

“Arefreshing blast of energy.” - WOMAD, England

 

“An absolute riot to watch and hear.” –  Roots ‘n Blues Festival, Canada 

 

"The best in the overall line-up" - Bushfire Festival, Swaziland 

 

Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, calls her "a terrific young artist" and Rolling Stone Magazine describes her as exuding "a deep sensuality and social expansiveness." 

 

Through Nomfusi's triumphant spirit and inner strength, she has inspired many young people by teaching life skills workshops at schools affected by poverty as well as Aids orphanages accross Southern Africa. Sharing her life story through songs like "Nontsokolo" ("I am poverty") and "Kwazibani" (an uplifting song that celebrates the life of her late mother who died of HIV/Aids ) she teaches self-love and encourages African women to redefine their perception of beauty.

Leaving a trail of stardust where usually you will only find the dust of abandoned dreams Nomfusi personifies the impossible made possible.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2016:

FIRST INTERNATIONAL ALBUM RELEASE IN AUTUMN FEAT. LEEE JOHN

 ( IMAGINATION )

SINGLE RELEASE : 14. MARCH  MILK & SUGAR FEATURING NOMFUSI 

Milk & Sugar ( Ne Na Na Na feat. Vaya Con Dios & Let the sun shine 

MEDIA COOPERATION WITH WELT DER WUNDER TV 

2015: 

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM PRODUCTIONS  FEATURE WITH LEEE JOHN ( IMAGINATION ) 

OPENER FOR LIONEL RICHIE STIMMEN FESTIVAL LOERRACH 

BAYERN 2  ONE HOUR RADIO FEATURE 25.05.2015

2014 :

“20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY OF SOUTH AFRICA” HONOR CONCERT in Brussels together with Hugh Masekela 

STARRING AS MIRIAM MAKEBA IN THE "LONG WALK TO FREEDOM" FEATURE FILM

Afro-soul star Nomfusi, "the little diva with the big voice", will be acting and singing the role of a young Miriam Makeba in Long Walk to Freedom, a film based on the autobiography of former president Nelson Mandela. The film is in its third month of production, produced by Anant Singh with Sarafina! co-producer David Thompson. Singh said that according to the Hollywood Reporter “it will be the largest South African production ever mounted and will provide an opportunity for thousands of South Africans to participate in the making of the film, including the best of South Africa’s acting talent." 

2013

-    Cooperating with Nneka for Music for Goals Festival 

-    Invited to perform at Womex Music conference & Festival

-    Invited to perform at Black international Film Festival        

      Birmingham UK

-    Mandela Premiere " Long walk to Freedom" in L.A Hollywood

-     Two SAMA nominations: Best African Adult Album (2013) and        Best Music Video (2011)

-     Two Metro FM Nominations (2010): Best Female Singer and            Best Album

-     Nomfusi's song "Mphe Fumlo Wam" chosen for new film with        Oscar winning actress Hillary Swank, due for release 2013.

-     Portraying the role of Miriam Makeba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, produced by Anant Singh, due for release December 2013.

-   Rolling Stones Magazine SA 12 pages feature April 2012

-   Fun, Fearless Female Award 2013 by Cosmpolitan Magazine

-   Jam Sandwhich, SABC2, Feb 2013: collaboration with S.A.             rapper Proverb

-   Sunrise, ETV, April 2013: appears with Sophiatown legend            Dorothy Masuka

-       Invited to perform at Lugano Jazz Festival, Switzerland, June          

 

 

To read more about Nomfusi Download her biography here 

 

Bio Nomfusi
Bio_May16-Nomfusi.pdf
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Electronic Presskit Nomfusi ENGLSH
Nomfusi _african day _ENGL.pdf
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NEW ALBUM "AFRICAN DAY"

Product info Nomfusi "AFRICAN DAY"
AfricanDAY_nomfusi_engl.docx
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Travel party: 6-9 on stage plus 2 crew

Line up:

Nomfusi Gotyana :lead vocal

Sebastain Gieck  : bass

Mark Williams: guitar ( musical director ) 

John Amoako: keyboard

David Woehrer: drums

Simangele Mashazi : backing vocals 

Full band plus:

Percussion & Bras Section : Saxophone, Trumpet, 

Home Town: Johannesburg

Territory: Europe and international  Africa on request

Label: Delicious Tunes / Ngonyama Records