the money,” she says.
In August 2014, with Ntuli facing the challenges of being an independent artist, she convinced The Orbit – Joburg’s premier jazz club – to let her have the venue for free and she organised a gig, from which the proceeds went to pay her recording artists.
The resultant album, The Offering, was released in September 2014 and has received praise from critics and fans alike.
Ntuli’s show as bandleader at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival last year was one of the programme’s highlights, as was Makuzeni’s show, in which Ntuli featured.
Speaking about the success of her debut album, Ntuli says she wanted to remain in control of her career and not sign to a label.
“There are lots of artists where I listen to their first, second, third album and then I lose interest in them,” she says. “I think, and I’m not sure, that there is a lot of pressure placed on them to produce things, to churn things out.
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