Nontsikelelo (which means the mother of blessings) was born in 1980 in Soweto, South Africa. Her parents were journalists and very politically active as part of one of the liberation movements, the Pan Africanist Congress. This means Ntsiki since birth, was raised on black consciousness. From a young age Ntsiki and her siblings were nurtured to read, know, and be aware of social conditions. Her spiritual energy is her gift and manifests itself in various ways. It started out as beadwork when she was 21. She is prominent for her views and opinions on social media, last month she was on the news again after she was involved in a physical fight with AKA a well know South African rapper. They were invited on Khanyi’s Mzansi Magic show, Katch it with Khanyi. AKA said he won’t share a couch with Ntsiki because she is rude.
And, now Ntsiki has taken to the social media platform to slate our politicians in government. “We don’t want murderers and rapists in parliament”. It makes a mockery of our government during her latest rant Ntsiki debated our president’s questionable behaviour and Zwelinzima Vavi’s sex scandal. She recently attacked Brickz, a South Africa kwaito artist saying if he didn’t take drugs he was not going to rape the girl he’s accused of raping. This shows that Ntsiki is a brave and courageous woman, and a pioneer in the construction of what she terms ‘’Spoken Music”, Ntsiki has influenced a popular trend of dance music producers collaborating with poets to create club hits.
When reflecting on this new phenomenon she describes it as “taking literature to the dancefloor.” She has worked with the cream of the crop of the local house music scene, including the likes of Dj’s Kent, Euphonik, Fresh, Guffy, Bantu Soul, Mahoota, Mbuso and Dr Duda. Her debut album, MaMiya, explored many diverse sounds and genres including jazz, hip hop and soul. She is currently promoting her latest album “Ndingubani” out in stores.
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By Teboho Ramalefane