Local lass Nonhle making waves in Germany
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