DESPITE her young age, 22-year-old Nomcebo Radebe has already managed to touch many lives with her music. The eMakhabeleni-born artist, near Kranskop whose stage name is Lee Diamond, released her song African Woman last year alongside a music video. She has since been invited to perform at many events, including those advocating for an end to gender-based violence. Radebe, who is based in Durban due to her studies at Unisa and her music career, said she has received overwhelming support from people on various social media platforms, with many saying her song is inspiring and gives women hope, especially in this time where women are often the target of abuse. Speaking to the Greytown Gazette, Radebe said the song was about inspiring women, saying: “No matter what women have been through they are strong, however, some of them forget just how strong and important they are. I wanted to remind them of that strength. It is an encouraging song that says women can do and achieve anything they set their minds to.”Radebe said that victims of abuse need to know that there is hope and that they are not alone. She also encouraged other young women to be independent and endeavour to achieve their dreams.“With everything that is happening in the country today, I find myself asking the same question as every women, mother and child: ‘Am I next?’ As women, we should not feel like that in our homes, communities and country,” Radebe said. Talking about how it all started, she said she began singing at the age of 11 at eMakhabeleni Primary School. She also sang at church functions and was a soloist for the Gcothoyi High School choir, and she competed at several competitions over the years. “I was the best soprano soloist at my school. When I went on to my tertiary education I met other people who were passionate about music like myself. I joined Verona Walls Music in 2016, performing with them, and I was signed in 2017,” she said.Radebe started to prove herself through hard work and dedication to her craft. Between her school work, as she is in her final year of completing her teaching degree, she is working towards her album which will be out next year. Radebe currently has three songs, including: African Women, Buya kimi ft Thandanani Gasa (her cousin) and Amazing.Radebe believes that music and teaching are two things that define her personality. “I love music and I love people. I sing anywhere and everywhere and, for my teaching career, I guess that is something that will keep me focused and [allow me to be able to] fulfil my dreams. I am from a very traditional family. My family believes that I have to go to university and finish studying just in case music does not work out for me but, to be honest, I love it.” Women abuse is a subject that is very close to her heart and Radebe hopes to spread a message of love and hope through her songs. “Music gives me life; it’s comforting and it makes me happy. What I want to achieve is to see people love and enjoy my music and to see myself sharing the stage with the people I look up to; I want to take my music to the international stage,” Radebe said. With every step that one makes there are always challenges and for Radebe she said getting her name out there is a challenge that she is willing and eager to overcome. “I am determined to make it and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make sure my dreams become a reality,” she said. The sister of one said that when she was growing up her life was not easy, but her family has always been her pillar of strength. Last year, Radebe attended a People Opposing Women Abuse Walkathon in Soweto and she said it was the best thing to ever happen to her.