Gospel singer Xolly Mncwango on her music career – 'When it was not my time, I served others'

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Gospel artist, Xolly Mncwango.
Gospel artist, Xolly Mncwango.

She can belt out high notes with minimum effort, or so it seems.

Even though some people just discovered her when she added her voice to Jub-Jub's Ngi Thembe Wena, Xolly Mncwango has been doing music for a while now.

The song recently made waves when it was released and her name was all over social media, something she is not quite used to, she tells us. 

The spotlight has always given her the jitters, she says. But she can't escape her destiny.

She's always comfortable somewhere at the back, but she's had to choice but to move into the frontlines since the release of the song.  

“I don’t like the spotlight," she says. This has always been the case, even when she was in singing in church back home in Richards Bay. 

"I would always position myself at the back, God would moved me in-front. And because of my personality, I always say to people if music didn’t choose me, I don’t think I was going to choose it,” she says. 

But as soon as she accepted where her fate lied, she quickly had to adjust.

Read more | Singer Putuma Tiso on her new projects – 'Music has been my saving grace'

Her collaboration with Jub-Jub is an answered prayer. It is also a big deal to be recognised by an artist outside of a genre she is known for. 

"When he called to tell me about wanting to do a song with me, I was driving. I had to park the car on the side of the road because I was so excited.

"He basically said, I love your voice and how you interpret your music. Can I please do a song with you?"

"And I have always wanted to do a collaboration with someone who doesn’t do gospel but someone who speaks the truth like me, I speak my truth," she says. 

"There is nothing I love more than a person who has a personal story with God. We know what happened with Jub Jub, so when he speaks about God, he speaks about something he knows," the Yebo Nkosi singer says.

Xolly was introduced to the music industry when she joined Joyous Celebration. “I was so confused when that happened, I was in disbelief, asking God how is this happening,” she says.

She joined the iconic choir in 2013 during the recording of Grateful. She took a bow after the recording of Heal Our Land in 2017. After her departure, Xolly became a backing vocalist for a long list of other gospel artists and was always willing to be a feature when asked. 

When her time came to venture out on her own, she was more than ready. Her album, Jesus Is Enough was released in 2020.

Read more | Gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo on music, parenting, self-care and being a guest judge on Idols

"I am so proud myself. I have allowed myself to serve, allowed myself to learn. When it was not my time, I allowed myself to serve others and do it wholeheartedly and God rewarded me abundantly. 

"Everyday, I am in awe of how he reminds me that he had brought me here and I was made for this. 

"I am a child at heart, I appreciate and get excited by the little things. Being able to go into studio and pour out my heart and having people love me as they do is so special. I feel the love."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24