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2016-09-29 06:00
 Singer, composer and producer Nono

Singer, composer and producer Nono

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Nono Nkoane, one of South Africa’s young jazz singers and composer returns to her roots.

She will be performing in Gugulethu’s Kwa Sec in NY 138 number 52 this Sunday.

Nono comes from a family with a strong musical background.

She says: “My mother, who is a primary school teacher, loved music and she introduced me to great music from a very early age,”.

“There was always music playing in the house...I realise now that she loved strong Black female musicians or singers.

She introduced me to the late Miriam Makeba, who I grew to adore. She also loved Nina Simone, Letta Mbulu, Aretha Franklin and later Busi Mhlongo.”

At the age of 12, Nono joined a local music and dance group, and when she turned 19, she left these shores to study Jazz and Contemporary Music at Tshwane University of Technology.

Her studies in this field helped transform her into a composer and the dynamic singer she is today.

Nono then started to share stages with South African artists, and as a supporting act for the likes of Miriama Makeba, Judith Sephuma and Monique Bingham.

She’s since blossomed into a fully-fledged singer in her own right, and has an album out called True Call, songs of which she composed and produced.

The album received great reviews from jazz great Themba Mkhize, who called it “brave and unique, with a wonderful story to tell; a breath of fresh air and something people will hear about for the longest time”.

She has also shared the stage with the likes of Jimmy Dludlu, Hugh Masekela, Dizu Plaatjies, Ernie Smith, Lungiswa Plaatjies and Jabu Khanyile.

Nono has also performed at the Kaya FM Jazz Unplugged Session, the Standard bank Joy of Jazz.

One of the her tracks, Baleka is the official soundtrack for the literature project, Long Story Short, featuring actress and activist Hlubi Mboya.

Her Sunday performance is supported by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian initiative, under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation.

Financial, administrative and technical support is received from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway.

The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. The show starts at 3pm.

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