PR officer turned musician

Public relations officer, Nothando, recently swapped her office for a studio, where she recorded her debut gospel album.

Her 12-track offering, Bana Bamodimo, was released recently in Johannesburg, where the singer works as a public relations officer for a private company. Having worked with a number of fellow Zimbabwean singers like Wilson and Dokotela and Insindiso YamaNazaretha as a backing vocalist, Ndlovu said she decided to go solo.

“I decided it’s time to pursue music as a solo singer because as a backing vocalist, you get limited chances of showing what you are really capable of and your abilities are not fully exploited,” said the Plumtree-born singer, who composed all the songs on her album.

“I found people who were willing to advise me on how to go about it, like Sibanjana of Impi Yosindiso, who has been very helpful. I wish all our established singers could be so welcoming.”

She advised fellow female musicians to be wary of being used by their male counterparts as they try to find their way in the industry.

“We need to guard against being abused by people as we try to record. This usually happens when people try to record without enough money, leading to some men taking advantage of them. Whenever we want to record, we need to make sure that we have all the money in place so that we can be independent and not lose our dignity in the pursuit of our dreams. We need to always think about tomorrow.”

To appeal to a wider audience in different countries, Ndlovu sings in Ndebele, Khalanga, English and SeSotho.

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