PMB songbird in ‘Idols SA’ top three

2016-11-23 06:01
Pietermaritzburg resident Noma Khumalo has made it into the top three contestants on ‘Idols SA’ season 12.  PHOTO: Cathy Pinnock

Pietermaritzburg resident Noma Khumalo has made it into the top three contestants on ‘Idols SA’ season 12. PHOTO: Cathy Pinnock

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NOMA Khumalo, a 22-year-old student teacher in Pietermaritzburg, is proudly representing the city after making it into the top three contestants on Idols SA, season 12.

Khumalo auditioned for Idols SA after her pupils and band mates from Acoustiq Assassins encouraged her to follow her dreams.

“They reminded me that I too had a dream, and I thought ‘let me go and see where the talent the children see can take me’,” said the songstress who was born in Empangeni and raised in Ulundi.

She is completing her Bachelor of Education degree at Unisa, and hopes to land a recording deal and pursue a career in music and entertainment.

“There are so many opportunities in the entertainment industry and I want to pursue them,” said Khumalo, who started singing in choirs at the age of seven.

At 14 her choir conductor told her he believed she would “take on bigger songs and lead solos with a big voice”.

In high school she sang with the KZN Midlands Youth Choir and was given a platform to lead songs with other vocalists.

Khumalo admits that she was afraid to sing in front of Randall and the other judges, especially after watching their comments over the years.

“One of the scariest experiences is finding out how far I can push myself. One of my toughest challenges has been to sing and dance at the same time,” Khumalo said.

“Rehearsals are very important and working with our vocal coach, Malie Kelly, helps us get comfortable with the songs.

“Rehearsals are amazing. Songs are challenges and sometimes you need someone to help you see beyond the challenge.”

“In this field there is always something new to learn. We learn every day about the entertainment industry and that hard work pays off.” .

Some of the memorable moments throughout her journey on Idols SA include meeting celebrities, working with contestants and forming relationships with people in the music industry.

Idols SA season 12 is aired on Sundays at 5pm on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).

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