AN AFRO-SOUL artist from Elandskop says she wants to make her community and city proud through her music. Nomfundo Mkhize (22) is currently promoting her first single, titled Sthandwa Sami, that was released in December 2018. Mkhize started singing at church when she was only seven-years-old. However, she never thought that music would one day become such a big part of her life. Mkhize told Echo that her uncle Cedric played a huge role in getting her to love music and singing, saying: “My uncle would ask me and my other siblings to sing church songs while he played the keyboard. “He taught us all the keys, notes and everything that we needed to know about singing. “At church we used to sing in front of thousands of people. When I was 12 years, I joined the worship team at church and from there I was already well-known for my singing in the community. “People loved my voice and my love for music started to grow, but music was not a huge part of my life,” she said. Mkhize said releasing her first single is like a dream come true for her. “This is the beginning of bigger and better things for me and my music career. It is so exciting and it is huge progress. “I recently shot a music video for this single, which will be released soon. I am also working on an album that I want to release next year. “People should expect more from me. With enough support, I promise to give the best of my ability. “In a few years from now, I see so many achievements, including albums and awards, that I will bring to my home town and make them proud,” she said. Prior to making and releasing her single, Mkhize previously took a break from music due to a lack of support and depression, however she came back strong in 2018. Mkhize had attempted to release an album when she was 18-years-old but it never succeeded. However, her new single is a sign that she will not be stopped.“When I stopped singing I felt as if I had failed my late mother, who died at a very young age. I wanted to live her dreams. “My mother died with a great voice that was not known so I wanted to do it for her since she left me with this gift,” ended an emotional Mkhize.