Singer, ac­tor, TV pre­sen­ter and hair icon Nandi Mngoma tells JACKIE MAY about her new al­bum, her her­itage and feel­ing com­fort­able in her skin

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CELEBRITY -

THERE CAN’T BE TOO MANY peo­ple who have hair­cuts named af­ter them. But there sits Nandi Mngoma at a ta­ble at the co ee shop where we ar­ranged to meet. She is wear­ing over­sized sun­glasses. On her pe­tite face, the sun­glasses make a glam­orous fash­ion state­ment. She looks aloof, the glasses cre­at­ing a mys­tery. What lies be­hind them?

s oin her, she takes them o and her charisma im­me­di­ately wipes away any dis­tance she may have cre­ated be­tween her­self and those around her. And, over the next hour, she lights up the room as she tells me about her life and art. Charm­ingly, the 28-year-old mu­si­cian and en­ter­tainer seems as in­ter­ested in me as I am in her.

Since she was 15, Nandi has been a tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter on var­i­ous shows; she played two char­ac­ters in the Mzansi Magic soapie The Road; sang on hit songs like ‘Skhanda Love’ with KO and ‘Dance’, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with her men­tor, mu­sic pro­ducer Zakes Bantwini. In 2013, she re­leased the sin­gle ‘Good Times’, an up­beat, happy Afro­cen­tric song. In the video, Nandi’s hair is nat­u­ral and short; she wears David Tlale. At the time of the song’s re­lease, she tells me, she had lost all her self-con dence and was strug­gling with her ca­reer, hav­ing just missed out on two plum pre­sen­ter gigs on SABC shows. ‘I was dev­as­tated. I thought my life was over. “Good Times” was about be­ing happy, and I was ev­ery­thing but happy,’ she says.

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