Kokstad artist follows music dream

Kokstad singer Lilitha Bidla performs at the Bhongweni Youth Centre.Photo: Siphe- lele Nketo
Kokstad singer Lilitha Bidla performs at the Bhongweni Youth Centre.Photo: Siphe- lele Nketo

GROWING up in a poor family in Horseshoe and living in a RDP house hasn’t stopped Kokstad’s Lilitha Bidla from chasing her dream of becoming a professional singer.

The 25-year-old Bidla is in
her third year studying music
at the Nelson Mandela Metro-
politan University in Port Elizabeth.

“My family’s child support grant helped to pay for my school fees from primary school until matric in 2010,” said Bidla.

After matric her mother Ntombikayise Nohambela told her to study biomedical technology, but because of the lack of funds she was unable to do so.
She worked at various businesses and companies and saved money in order to make her dream come true.

“I saved money to pay for the registration fees at NMMU and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme is helping me to pay for my studies in music.”

She said her love of singing started when she was at Xolo Xolo Public Primary School and she did poetry, singing and
drama at secondary level at Carl Malcomess High School.

She said people having been following her career since she began performing in Durban in 2009.

Last year she was nominated as Best Newcomer Artist of the Year at the Samas, but she did not win.
Today she is performing in East London, and is performing at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Last year she performed at Ugu Jazz Festival.

“Last year, I released my first Afro-soul album Ndim lo and people loved it,” said Bidla.

At the closing of Youth Month at the Bhongweni Youth Centre on 29 June, Bidla performed and encouraged young people to follow their dreams despite their challenges.

 

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