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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

Nomzi left home 17 years ago with her then husband, to live in his native land, France but later they would relocate to Norway – where she has lived since then. After separating from her husband she became compelled to make sense of her turbulent past and find out how she ended up on the opposite end of the world.

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.

What’s next? Release concert. Herr Nilsen. 26 February 2020! Ticket sales are now open! What are you waiting for?

Thank you

I registered on WordPress 5 years ago. It is truly wonderful to see familiar faces from back when I started. How far we have come. It also feels good to welcome new faces here too. Love is everywhere you look, it’s true.

Jot down words on a piece of paper. Start writing and see what happens to your life.

Wishing you good health and all the best in 2019 🌸

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2019.

Published: Schizophrenic times

I am happy to announce that I was published in Ons Klynti; an independent South African cultural magazine. To have my poem Schizophrenic times printed in this issue is fabulous. The magazine is published and launched annually at the Oppikoppi music festival in South Africa.

Thank you so much for appreciating my work like this and thank you for your continued support here on WordPress. Read more about this contemporary online magazine @ Ons Klyntji

Feel free to catch up on my most recent poems by clicking here: Nomzi Kumalo Poetry Collection. Thank you so much 🌸

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2018.

Published: Blue is the quietest colour

I am thrilled to finally be able to have time to announce that I was published in Ons Klynti; an independent South African cultural magazine. To have my poem Blue is the quietest colour in print in this issue is still like a dream. I keep looking from time to time to check that it’s still there. The magazine is published and launched annually at the Oppikoppi music festival in South Africa.

Thank you so much for appreciating my work like this. Read more about this incredible magazine @ Ons Klyntji

Feel free to catch up on my collection of poems by clicking here: Nomzi Kumalo Poetry Collection. Thank you 🌸

Copyright © Nomzi Kumalo, 2018.