Former orphan now hip-hop artist

2016-01-27 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Ntombenhle ‘Uniquah’ Gumede wants people to fall in love with what she does.

PHOTO: supplied Ntombenhle ‘Uniquah’ Gumede wants people to fall in love with what she does.

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GROWING up an orphan as a young child, music was her only healing remedy­.

Ntombenhle “Uniquah” Gumede (23) is a female­ artist who has achieved much in the hip-hop and R&B genre. She was born in Pietermaritzburg, but lives in Durban.

Her two songs Lo mthaka and Niks mapha are available online for downloads.

Uniquah wants to work with local artists to upgrade the South Africa hip-hop scene to international level.

“I fell in love with music at a young age. It was the only way I could heal myself.

“I am working with Breeze, a Durban­-based artist, known for his songs Trendsetter and Amanga. I like seeing local talent being recognised and acknowledged.

“One can ask why I had an interest in hip-hop music - I grew up in Johannesburg and in the city hip-hop music is trending. I guess that is when I fell in love with it.

“I’m working hard to put my name out there. I want people to know me and fall in love with what I do. I believe one can never go wrong in prioritising local talent. That is why you find me working with people who are trying to put their name out there.”

She said she will use her talent to grow young upcoming artists.

“I grew up faced with many challenges. Those hardships changed me into the strong person I am today.

“With my music career I want to give back. I have shot a video for my song Ride or Die, which is being edited as we speak and it will soon be aired on television.

“I want to thank Magudu Music for allowing me to record my music with them,” said Gumede.

She is available on Facebook as Uniquah, Uniquah SA, Twitter, on instagram @Uniquah_SA and on her blog

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