Lo­cal lass Nonhle mak­ing waves in Ger­many

Sowetan - - TIME OUT - Mashoto Lek­gau MashotoL@sowe­tan.co.za

DUR­BAN born en­ter­tainer Nonhle Beryl Makhanya is mak­ing waves in Ger­many singing on a lo­cal TV com­pe­ti­tion The Voice of Ger­many. The twenty-nine-year-old left for Ger­many five years ago with the pop­u­lar Dis­ney pro­duc­tion, The Lion

King . Nonhle stud­ied act­ing at the New York Film Academy and musical theatre at the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

She is cur­rently a con­tes­tant on The Voice of Ger­many, the Ger­man ver­sion of the in­ter- na­tional tal­ent search, The Voice.

The show is cur­rently at the group stage. Nonhle was also part of the musical Hair Spray when the pro­duc­tion first pre­miered in South Africa. The bub­bly singer took time-out to chat to Sowe­tan about her ca­reer from her home in Ham­burg, Ger­many. Ques­tion: How did you end-up in Ham­burg? An­swer: I came here five years ago with The Lion King. I au­di­tioned in South Africa like ev­ery­one else and got the call say­ing I had made it. I ini­tially planned to be here for a year but ended up stay­ing for five years. I left the show in May this year and de­cided to pur­sue a solo ca­reer. What have you been busy with since you left The Lion King? The first thing I did was The

Voice of Ger­many be­cause I just needed to get my­self out there. I am in the process of record­ing an al­bum right now. There is a musical pro­ject I am do­ing for South Africa and it should be done in a cou­ple of weeks. Ac­cord­ing to your tweets, you seem to keep up with the lat­est hap­pen­ings in South Africa.

I am very grate­ful for Twit­ter. A lot of the times I know more about what is hap­pen­ing at home than my fam­ily who are based there. What do you miss most about South Africa?

The food. I miss pap. Be­sides, peo­ple back home are so warm and that is some­thing I miss. How has The Voice helped you to get recog­ni­tion?

The re­sponse from South African fans has been in­cred­i­ble than the Ger­man au­di­ences. When was the last time you were here?

Last year Jan­uary but my par­ents vis­ited me dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. I have been com­ing home ev­ery year but last year was dif­fer­ent be­cause I wanted my par­ents to know where I lived. I live with my brother here.

WAV­ING FLAG: Singer Nonhle Beryl Makhanya

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