Nomcebo Zikode is a Musician armed with extensive experience as a backing vocalist for some of the top shelve musicians in the country.
She found her mojo as a solo singer. Her single, Imizamo Yami, bursts with fresh and throbbing beats as she presents her brand of Afro house. She worked with Bongo Beat on Imizamo Yami.
Nomcebo shares that her album will show more sides of her talent. ‘I bring something fresh that is to be liked by both the young and old and will not make listeners uncomfortable. I’m being myself and I believe lovers of music will come along with me on this journey. It’s going to be amazing as the feedback from Imizamo Yami has already proven.’
She went to Johannesburg from her KwaZulu-Natal hometown of Hammarsdale in 2003 to pursue her music dream. She knew earlier on in her life that she would wind up a musician, but there was no grooming or support at her school.
Nomcebo remembers how she used to be laughed at whenever she said she would be a singer on career day.
Her dreams were validated when she went to Johannesburg and realized that one could study music after all. She entered a talent search on 0khozi FM carried out in conjunction with a gospel music label owner.
She won and secured a spot in the bands of some of the biggest names in gospel. Touring, working and observing how the pros did it provided Nomcebo with all the training she needed, not only in the technicalites of performance but also the pitfalls to avoid for one to have longevity in the music industry.
To prepare for her future, Nomcebo studied for a diploma in information technology (IT). Given her disadvantaged background, she says the course opened her eyes to the new world of computers. While she may not be using her qualification, she believes it stands her in good stead.
‘I’ve learned to be grounded and respectful to people and never lose your focus – to never miss a moment, be on time and have no regrets. It’s important to never forget how you were brought up. If you do that you will change yourself and values and compromise yourself when you get to places like Johannesburg where everyone lives their life,’ she says.