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She’s hold­ing her own against the likes of AKA, Nasty C, and Black Cof­fee. Non­qaba Nozuko Rwaxa, stage name Ms Cosmo, is the only woman in the line-up at to­day’s Ekurhu­leni Spring Fi­esta.

She has two new sin­gles that have been mak­ing waves. Rwaxa says she wants to em­power other women in so­ci­ety and in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

“My aim is to work with young fe­male tal­ent in the coun­try. As you can see in most of my re­cent sin­gles, they have fe­male el­e­ments in them. I learnt a lot – that women can work as a team – be­cause they were co­op­er­at­ing well with me,” she says.

The Soweto-born 29-year-old re­cently re­leased a hit sin­gle ti­tled Con­nect, fea­tur­ing award-win­ning artists Kwesta, Nasty C and Rouge.

“The good news is that my first mu­sic video, Con­nect, is about to hit 500 000 views on YouTube,” she says. While her fans were busy fall­ing in love with it, the 5FM ra­dio host dropped a sec­ond hit sin­gle ti­tled Ay Baby fea­tur­ing Moo­zlie, Rouge and Sho Mad­jozi. Rwaxa, also a mu­sic pro­ducer, is not just mu­si­cally gifted. She grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg with a BCom de­gree, af­ter which she en­rolled at the Fuse Academy, a DJing school co-founded by DJ Zinhle.

Ms Cosmo reads the traf­fic re­port on the Roger Goode break­fast slot and hosts her hip-hop show named The Stir Up – both on 5FM.

“I fell in love with hip-hop at the age of 11 and since then I have been lis­ten­ing to it,” she says. Rwaxa has been in talks with in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians about pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tions, even though she is not quite ready to re­lease an al­bum.

She wants to “unite na­tions” with her mu­sic show and pro­duc­ing skills.

“I am plan­ning on work­ing with in­ter­na­tional artists like Vanessa Mdee and Ice Prince,” she says. There is a lot of tal­ent in Africa that can meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

“I be­lieve young peo­ple should work hard when it comes to what they love, es­pe­cially in the mu­sic space, and also not for­get about their stud­ies, be­cause ed­u­ca­tion is very im­por­tant,” she says.

Catch the sev­enth an­nual Ekurhu­leni Spring Fi­esta, fea­tur­ing Kings of To­mor­row, Black Cof­fee, AKA, DJ Kent and Nasty C at the Wild Wa­ters Com­plex in Boks­burg.

Ms Cosmo

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