Gospel queen

2010-11-27 00:00

LIKE many artists, Xolile Ndlovu, aka Intombi Ka Jehova, started singing in church when she was nine years old.

She says her talent manifested itself when she was doing grade four, while participating in her school’s cultural activities and won accolades for it.

She is not new to limelight as she has performed alongside gospel diva Rebecca Malope as her backing vocalist.

Her crowing moment came last Sunday when her debut album won the Best Maskandi award at the SABC Crown Gospel Awards.

She won against top Maskandi names like Mfiliseni Magubane and Bonakele.

“When I started singing maskandi gospel, people thought I would not crack it as someone coming from Hammarsdale township, because this type of music is mostly associated with old people from the rural areas,” said Ndlovu.

She said she wanted to change people’s perception of maskandi.

Ndlovu said, “I was surprised by the nomination and I am still shocked when I think that on my debut album I have won an award against some of the best in maskandi.”

She says it was not her wisdom or talent that elevated her to win, however it is the grace of God because sometimes she wanted to give up the music business.

“Through believing in God I persevered because you cannot run away from what God has blessed you with,” said Ndlovu.

Her challenge moving forward is to maintain and polish her artistic abilities because she has realised through winning this award that people love what she does.

Ndlovu (29) is not married and she still lives with her family in Hammarsdale. She received a hero’s welcome when she took her award back to her community.

“I was so happy that I cried when I realised how much people in my township love and support the work I do, because they came in their numbers,” added Ndlovu.

She said she survived in the music industry by ignoring the bad things people say about her and focusing on the good, because that is what makes her want to continue being part of it.

“I would like to thank God, family, friends, my producer Bheki Hlatshwayo and my manager Mondli Zondi for believing in me,” said Ndlovu.

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