5 minutes with Indlovukazi


Singer-songwriter Indlovukazi is the voice behind some of the biggest house songs, including Gugulethu and My Dali. She chats to us about her music career and new single, L.O.V.E. By Kwanele Mathebula

Image: Indlovukazi Twitter

My name is Princess Nompumelelo Nkuna. I was born and bred in Nkomazi Esibayeni in Mpumalanga. I started going to church at a young age where I sang in the choir and enjoyed it. I also enjoyed listening to jazz, which my father played a lot at home. We would attend jazz festivals together, which became our special thing. My family found it odd that I loved the genre at such a young age. Though I enjoyed singing for people, I never considered doing it full time.

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Creating music is a healing and liberating experience for me. I enjoy writing songs as it is fulfilling, and allows me to pour out my heart. Music is one of the things I do well, and it boosted my confidence when I was growing up because I had low self-esteem. This was because I was chubby, and as a result, was always teased about it. I didn’t think I was important, but this changed when I pursued music and people began saying positive things about me. At this point in my life, it feels good to be doing something I love, and being recognised for it. I also feel good that I’m part of the biggest songs in SA, Gugulethu and My Dali, which I wrote.

My new single L.O.V.E. is a love song. It’s inspired by the joy of finding love. I want those who are searching to believe that one day, they’ll find the love that they’re looking for. It’s written in Xitsonga, Siswati and English. I am glad that people have responded positively to it.

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I’m planning to release my first album next year. But, I will be releasing another single later this year. I’m grateful for the collaborations I did with Prince Kaybee, Heavy K and TNS as they opened doors for me and made me a better musician. I am looking forward to more collaborations.