Speaking her mind: Nomsa Mazwai

By Hopewell Mpapu
19 August 2016

She’s part of a family of unapologetically outspoken sisters.

Together with her siblings, poet Ntsiki and musician Thandiswa, Nomsa Mazwai form a formidable trio.

Nomsa has come a long way since her family stopped her from continuing her studies at the University of Cape Town because of her lack of focus. The popular tale is that she was taken to study at the University of Fort Hare because her family wanted her to learn the value of an education by following in the footsteps of leaders such as Govan Mbeki, Oliver Tambo, Robert Sobukwe and Chris Hani.

For Nomsa, it was a wake-up call because study conditions at Fort Hare are vastly different from the privileged UCT.

She rose from her experience and became the first female SRC president at Fort Hare, a South African Music Award Winning artist, a Masters graduate in Economics from Fordham University in the United States, a poet, an author and now General Manager of The Soweto Theatre.

DRUM speaks to her in the 25 August (Speaking Her Mind) about her diverse talents, and she opens up about surprises she has in store for her fans in her growing musical career.

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