Local soloist Nonkosi Sokoyi (33) cherishes her not-so-overnight successful musical career, thanks to the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe). Miss Noxy, as she is known, is a regular at at least two crowd-pulling concerts, the outdoor Main Concert and the Divas Concert, exclusively for females.Nonkosi is again pencilled down for this year’s Divas Concert on 11 October at the Old Grey’s Sport Club at 19:00, featuring Lady Zamar, Lira, Thandiswa Mazwai and Deborah Cox, a Canadian singer. Tickets cost R290. She got her break in 2014 to feature on Macufe’s big stages, when she debuted at the outdoor show held at the Rose Garden. She has also featured in the 2017 Divas Concert. Her rise is the culmination of hard work tracing back to 2005, featuring on the Home-Brew Show, a project of Macufe for upcoming singers. Aspiring acts showcase their potential by performing cover versions of established artists in front of a small audience.Nonkosi was one of the home-grown singers who seized the opportunity to unleash her talent via this platform.Nonkosi said the benefits included perfecting her R&B genre and to record a number of singles, with her latest titled “Ntutse”.“My whole musical journey was shaped through Macufe during which I’ve managed to better my artistic capabilities. I am improving every year. Part of this improvement is to feature dancers, something I really wanted to do,” said Nonkosi. Nonkosi works with the versatile band OnPoint from Ficksburg.