Fans meet ‘Idols SA’ winner

2017-02-15 06:03
 At the CNA meet-and-greet (from left) Noma Khumalo, Siyamthanda and Ayamthanda Mtolo from Cleland.

At the CNA meet-and-greet (from left) Noma Khumalo, Siyamthanda and Ayamthanda Mtolo from Cleland.

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THERE was excitement all around as fans converged upon Liberty Midlands Mall CNA on the weekend to meet the winner of season 13 Idols SA Nomalungelo “Noma” Khumalo.

Khumalo took time out from her hectic schedule and visited her home town, Pietermaritzburg on Saturday where she greeted fans, signed autographs and promoted her recently released album, Joy.

Speaking to the Maritzburg Echo the student teacher- turned-singer said her life changed drastically after winning the competition.

“I moved from a student teacher lifestyle where I was also busy, but not as busy to this well-known person. It’s a nice change - you get people greeting you and you have to be camera ready all the time so no more walking down the street with no makeup. The journey has been a fun ride so far.”

Khumalo said her 10-track album that was released in December is doing well.

“The album is really doing well. My management has been keeping track of the sales and they say it’s been doing well on the shelves especially at CNAs.”

The songstress stole the hearts of many South Africans when she took the Idols crown in November 2016 after securing the lion’s share of the 83 million votes cast and Khumalo said it was befitting to give her album the title.

“The whole season has been joyous for me. We went through a list of names to call this album with management and I said it’s such an overwhelming feeling because I’ve had things that happened throughout the course of the year and Idols happened and the children at school were so happy for me. That’s how I felt at the time and my manager suggested we name it ‘joy’ after a track in the album.”

During the competition the singing sensation had to entertain some hateful comments on social media about what she wears and the way she looks, but she said she is learning not to dwell on the negative.

“Unathi encouraged me and said to survive you’ve got to have thick skin. You either take it in and allow it to consume you or you see what they say and still know what your worth is.

“Hearing something negative never comes across as something happy for you to hear, I’m learning to accept my worth and not let outside negativity influence how I view myself.” Khumalo, who was forced to take a break from her studies after entering the competition, said she will go back to finish her Bachelor of Education Degree.

“I’m looking at finishing my degree in teaching, but I’m really pursuing music full time so I’m in and out of Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg, but with the right balance I’ll finish my studies.”

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