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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.

“I didn’t want to put that kind of pres­sure on my­self. Some years, I may write 20 songs, some­times it mightt songs.

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