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Today we feature Nomfundo Xaluva.
Vocalist, pianist, composer and music educator, and two-time Metro Music Award-winner Nomfundo Xaluva, began her musical life very young. Port Elizabeth born, she started playing piano and singing in her school choir at Victoria Girls Primary Boarding School with never any doubt in her mind that this was what she wanted to do with her life.
She holds a Masters in Jazz Studies for a dissertation on Miriam Makeba, whom she considers “a musician’s musician.” Xaluva has shared stages with Sibongile Khumalo and Dianne Reeves, among many others.
Her first Metro Award was for her 2013 recorded debut on Universal, Kusile (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxJ0OxEd6fs ). At IOL, critic Munya Vomo praised the outing for its richness and lyricism, and the flexibility of moods it was able to reflect
Now Xaluva has returned with the 2016 From Now On – which also won a Metro – and which pays very contemporary tribute to the styles and genres of classic south vocal jazz as originated by The Skylarks, Victor Ndlazilwane and Busi Mhlongo. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c33gvDnv5Qo&index=3&list=PLjkSmSV3b9LtYtTNGOWRSWxJW5KSGNM_z ) She told Afripop magazine: “My music stems from identity. As an African-American art form you can lose your sense of identity in jazz. My music comes from my pride in being black, Xhosa, female, in having something to say – and feeling like that is enough.”