Nandi Madida on working with Beyoncé: 'She was adamant about having me'

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Singer Nandi Madida (32) is dropping her single this coming Friday while also working on an app and planning her future.
Singer Nandi Madida (32) is dropping her single this coming Friday while also working on an app and planning her future.
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  • Nandi Madida spoke about working with Beyoncé on Black is King, saying: "She was adamant about having me to be part of it."
  • About meeting Beyoncé, she says: "She is just the sweetest, most humble, down to earth girl." 
  • Nandi explained that despite the long hours on set, Beyoncé was "consistently that kind to everyone."  

TV personality Nandi Madida in an interview with MacG on his YouTube channel spoke about how her feature in Beyoncé's Black is King came about.

Written, produced and co-directed by Beyoncé, Black is King serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift.

Nandi was among several other famous South Africans who featured on the project including Warren Masemola and Moonchild Sanelly.

The TV presenter explained that as with other significant milestones in her career, Black is King happened very unexpectedly. 

She recalled the day she received the email from Parkwood Entertainment, saying: "Holy moly! There is only one Parkwood. And you know the writing. You know when you see Parkwood."

"The part that is very surreal to me even till this day is that how she was adamant about having me to be part of it," she adds. 

"She knows me like that," she said, adding that before she met Beyoncé, the director explained that Beyoncé really wanted to get her on board. 

About meeting Beyoncé, she said: "She is just the sweetest, most humble, down to earth girl." Nandi explained that despite the long hours on set, Beyoncé was "consistently that kind to everyone."  

About the moment she met Beyoncé, Nandi says that the icon walked over to her and said: "Hi, thank you so much for being part of this project. Thank you, urgh, you look beautiful. You smell amazing." 

She laughs, saying that she hasn't changed her fragrance since, and never will. 

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