nontu xulu

Everyday a star is born - that phrase couldn't be more apparent than when describing the talented performer that is Nontu Xulu. Born and raised in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Nontu's musical upbringing (her father is a professor of Music and has a doctorate in ethnomusicology) made her the perfect fit to pursue a career in entertainment. With a voice that can make Beyonce Knowles run for her money, she spent most of her childhood entering, and winning school and local singing competitions, participating in school plays and singing in her school choir which eventually inspired her to enrol at Tshwane University of Technology to study Musical Theatre. While studying at TUT, Nontu was very well known for her exceptional vocal talent and took part in numerous directing projects, such as colour purple, Dreamgirls, legally blonde, lion king as well as productions such as Assassins and Urinetown. She always portrayed some serious acting chops in her acting classes, performing pieces from contemporary theatre, Shakespeare, monologues, South African theatre and even TV and film work. After acquiring her national diploma, She then went back home to study jazz and popular music at UKZN, where she performed with a standard jazz band, in the style of Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Etta James and Tony Bennet. At the end of 2011, Nontu decided to move from her hometown of Empangeni, KZN to acquire permanent residency in Johannesburg and embark on her journey to becoming a successful all round singer, actress, theatre performer and all round entertainer. 2012 proved to be a fruitful year for the budding actress as she managed to perform on her first major production work as an ensemble cast member playing in Francois Theron's National children’s theatre production: Annie jr. She also can add television actress to her resume as she also had a cameo role on SABC 1's Dreamworld production. She later began to fulfil her lifelong dream on being a recording artist and released two singles: “every girl loves a rapper” featuring well known female rapper nadia nakai and “damage” featuring Pretoria based rapper Pdot. Both singles were released and played on various radio stations across the country. Her voice also caught the attention of numerous internationally based producers which began a three year collaboration and working relationship with joey silvero of distant people based in the UK, Giacomo and Mauritzio a.k.a “two for soul” based in Italy and Tony humpries of Tony Records based in New York resulting in the release of over 5 singles namely “God lives in me” and “summertime” both which can be found on the international music website traxsource. She also worked at the barnyard theatre for nearly two years where she performed to rave reviews in two productions “Best days of our lives” and “Platinum Jukebox” which saw her travelling from johanesburg, to Durban and Cape town. And now, in 2016, as a contestant on the first season of the voice south Africa, Nontu hopes to release her EP this year as well as pursue her career in music as a singer, actress, television personality and songwriter with global aspirations and more.

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