This songbird has managed to make her mark as one of South Africa’s most promising artists yet – starting at a young age with the violin, Nothende’s musical abilities shine through in her performance and talent. She later joined the school choir at Loreto Convent Queenswood in Pretoria, where she was appointed the choir leader. In the very same year, in 1996, she was chosen to take part in the Children’s Opera Workshop held at the State Theatre. This is where she performed in the musical, The Magic Flute, which was showcased to the then president of the country, Nelson Mandela, and the rest of the public on Freedom Day, 27th April.
In 2002, Nothende entered the singing contest, Idols and she reached the TOP 100 before leaving to try her luck at Popstars.
2003 saw the introduction of Nothende to the public. She recorded a song titled OOH, for the Gazlam Soundtrack.
The song was produced by one of South Africa’s veteran producer’s KB. This song received great attention and later became the reason for Nothende’s first SAMA nomination (Best Team Composition category) in early 2004.
OOH also topped many local charts, reaching #3 in the SA HOT 100 charts, which was comprised of local and international music. She also managed to reach the number one spot in both the Metro FM and Yfm TOP 20.
Nothende was also part of a hip hop group, The Playoffs. They were approached by the US Embassy to become the ambassadors of an HIV/AIDS Campaign. This saw them paying a visit to high schools all over the country to educate and motivate the kids about having positive minds and living positive lives.Although the group has since parted ways, Nothende still intends to spread a message of positive thinking and living to young kids out there.
The super talented 27 year old has recently released her debut album titled LoveLight, and has managed to receive local and international airplay. With her release of her newest project LoveLight - Part II, Nothende's new international marketing team will allow her music and her beautiful voice to be enjoyed all over the world! A fresh blend of urban soul sounds infused with her trademark catchy melodies and colourful lyrics, Nothende is sure to be shining for years to come.
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