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The South African born, Norwegian-based artist, Nomzi Kumalo, celebrates 7 years sober by releasing a critically acclaimed début single under her own record label, Kumalo Records. Six-time Grammy winner, producer and audio engineer, Brian Vibberts wrote, “WOW! “The Truth” is so honest and heartfelt. A great vocal performance with an emotional impact!!!” when he heard it.

“The Truth” premiered on South Africa’s national urban and contemporary radio station, Metro FM, the night before it dropped. Surprising listeners with her first ever live interview, all the way from Oslo, by none other than the South African media icon, Nothemba Madumo. It also premiered in Norway, with her first Norwegian radio interview by Ole Sven Engelsvold, on NRK P2. The reception of her song is immense, as she keeps up with her record label work, interviews and preparation for her Norway Tour 2020, as well as new releases.

Writing poetry, gathering old texts and recorded melodies from a tiny cassette dictaphone became her way of putting together the pieces of her life. And not a complete stranger to music, her grandfather, a classical pianist himself, had intuitively given her the name, “Nomzi”, which means “home” in isiXhosa, as though he knew how much she would come to need it. Now, music has chosen her and she continues her rehabilitation through writing and singing her songs.

Nomzi channels her creative power and imagination, from the choice of her hairstyle, piercings, the statement of her strictly classic black and white aesthetic, through to the contrast of her bare feet when she appears on stage. An observant audience member recently told her that she has a quirky way of conscious streaming her anecdotes on stage.

She sings without filters, connecting with her audiences with a melancholic soulful sound and a strikingly earthy vocal identity that is hers. A singer, songwriter, poet and painter of emotions, her neo-soul pop ballads are about love and resilience.

Already having delivered a stream of unique and intense concerts in Norway, her Norwegian band has newly welcomed a bassist as well as a Bosnian accordionist. Prior to her début, she has already performed in venues like the Oslo Concert Hall and The Noble Peace Centre. And “The Truth” is only the beginning of more music releases and concert tours.

Her first single is only the beginning of more music releases and concert tours, and it could not come at a better time, as we look forward to spending more time with loved ones, reflecting on a year that is almost done and contemplating what makes us feel at home. She is ready. Her music is ready.

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Photo: Nabeeh Samaan.

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Small city rain

Beautiful cool sticky city rain
One appreciates after sickness
Or a strange kind of love affair
Or waking in a different home
Pavements rinsed of yesterday
And the concrete eventually sighs, relief
For a weight has finally left my chest
Into the sweet grey merciful day
Tears that stream towards their place
Burning to return the love and move
Move to where the ocean curves.

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2014.