Nosipho Silinda is determined make her mark in the music industry by any means necessary.
The ambitious young woman was first introduced to South Africans when she was a contestant on Idols in 2018.
She made it to the top 6, and while not winning was a little hard, she's been chasing her dreams ever since.
“Music has always been a part of my life, I used to do song covers on YouTube and put them on my Instagram that’s when my sponsors saw me and said that I should enter Idols and I did. It was a great experience because I learnt a lot about being in the entertainment industry, I knew nothing about royalties, and I got to grow as an individual and vocally. I had a lovely experience on Idols,” she tells DRUM.
The 19-year has been making music as an independent artist and she prefers to work with her family. She is managed by her mother, who's affectionately known as Miss T and she says that she can only go up from here.
“Being an independent artist has been really amazing because I have a wonderful support structure. I work with family, I feel like it is the best way to go. My family takes great care of me, they are the ones that get my music on radio and get me the interviews. They endorse my recording sessions; it hasn’t been bad because I am working with family.”
She has a great support structure in her aunt Cici, who is a multi-award-winning artist and Nosipho says she gives the best advice.
“Cici was trying to get into the music industry for 13 years, it took her that long to make a mark, I have learnt that if you are passionate about something giving up is not an option. She has also taught me to be kind and patient with myself as success take time to achieve,” Nosipho says.
Nosipho is currently writing her matric final exams as she had to drop out of school in 2018 to commit to Idols SA, she says that since some matric papers were leaked, she has to rewrite next year as well.
“My school introduced remote learning due to Covid-19, I am fortunate because other schools have been at a disadvantage. There has been a situation with the leaking of papers and now we all have to rewrite. I was done with Maths and physics and now I’m supposed to rewrite, that wasn't part of the plan. It's rough because we get anxious and Covid-19 has made things very tricky for us.”
Nosipho has been working with various artists but says she cannot disclose any as some are not out yet, but she says her fans can expect some great features from her.
She says that the first three months of lockdown were great as she enjoys being indoors, however, things started getting a little stressful after a while.
“I was used to going to school and meeting my friends and now I had to be home all the time, at some point it got frustrating.”
She is working on a full body of work to gift to her fans early next year.
“Every time I think of releasing an EP, my head says make it a album. I am working on my album and I will be able to focus completely on it after exams and I am hoping it will be released early next year.”
Her latest single Wena Wedwa has been receiving a lot of love and support from her fans and she couldn’t be happier about the support.
“The reception of the song has been amazing, people are dancing to the song, people are singing along. It's been really amazing to see the love that people have been showing the song.”