PMB ‘Idols’ finalist flies city flag high

2016-10-12 06:00
Noshie Zulu is one of two singers flying the Pietermaritzburg flag in ‘Idols SA’.PHOTO:idols sa

Noshie Zulu is one of two singers flying the Pietermaritzburg flag in ‘Idols SA’.PHOTO:idols sa

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IDOLS Top 8 finalist, Noshie Zulu, is one of two singers flying the Pietermaritzburg flag on the hit reality show.

With a background in singing in choirs including the Maritzburg Children’s Choir, and support from her parents musically, Zulu has been serenading audiences with her voice.

“My parents are musical and have supported me in my music ventures. So I can say they both inspired me to sing. Brenda Fassie is my favourite performer. Growing up I watched all her performances and thought she was a sensational performer. She is one of my biggest influences together with Alicia Keys, Asa, Lira and Miriam Makeba.”

Zulu said her family were the ones who encouraged her to sing by asking her to do solos at family events.

“I was encouraged by my little brother to ‘go for it’. I knew that Idols SA would be an incredible opportunity. So I went for it and I’m not looking back - it is the best experience of my life.”

The Afro pop and soul singer also has a flare for the piano and prides herself as a female instrumentalist.

Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Zulu matriculated from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High. She is currently studying foundation music at UKZN Howard and has often performed at “Music in the Hills” event in Hilton and various city musicians clubs.

During Zulu’s audition judges called her brother onto the judging panel, which she said, helped to calm her nerves a bit.

“I was really nervous, but I gave it my all. Having my brother on the judging was the highlight of the audition experience. He gave me that extra confidence that I needed - judges can be so intimidating.”

After making it through to the top 8 one Sunday night, Zulu said has been working hard to ensure that South Africa will see all she is capable of.

“I’m really excited to see how far I get in the competition. Some of my best moments have been on the Idols stage. The thrill of performing for the whole of South Africa … I can’t describe the joy that fills my heart.

“The challenge for me is being away from home for so long - it has been the hardest part for me. My biggest comfort is knowing that everyone at home is behind me - it keeps me motivated,” she said.

Zulu said the response from the people of Pietermaritzburg has been very encouraging and keeps her motivated.

“I want them to know that I love music and I’m dedicated to it totally. This is the beginning for me so wherever the road of music takes me, I’ll go.

“The people of Pietermaritzburg have been so kind. They are showing signs of love and support through social media. It’s really encouraging and makes me want to do better.”

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