Twenty-seven Nomfusi Gotyana motto of their compatriots Thandiswa Mazwai: “When I was alive, it is necessary to do something.” For Nomfusi words constitute a permanent source of hope: twelve years old her mother died of AIDS, his father was imprisoned and the disease soon succumbed to her aunt, who is her siblings looked after. AIDS diagnosed then doctors also her sister. Therefore, it is involved in charity and in the texts does not avoid the personal and explosive issues of poverty, the needs of education and human involvement.
She was born in the town of KwaZhakele. The mother of folk healer and psychic sangoma is involved in childhood rituals: adding the extremely ferocious and powerful voice that inspires today with regard to her tiny little figure astonishment. After the family misfortune ended Nomfusi in the township of Cape Town, "I had no choice. Be the uplakat to death, or to cheer up and start to take care of herself. "She worked as a waitress, sang in the church choir, and eventually won a scholarship to music courses Philipe De Villiers. He helped her start a band The Lucky Charms, became her manager and producer of her debut album Kwazibani (named after the Xhosa mother tongue). Mixed by him Ross Cullum (Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Roxy Music. Included in South Africa’s Metro FM for him in 2009 Nomfusi received two nominations: album of the year and best female singer.
In South Africa, ongoing musical development in quite a different way than in the north and west of the continent: almost all genres – jazz, gospel, blues, reggae or pop – here during mixing with local traditions to sprout anywhere else neslyšených version. Also Nomfusi originally zigzagging between the golden era of American soul music of Motown and Sophiatown, the legendary township of Johannesburg, where in the 50th years, “he cook” South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela.
The second album Take Me Home Nomfusi helped tighten the famous South African singer and songwriter Ringo Madlingozi. Successfully toured with him halfway around the world and performed at WOMAD and WOMEX. A comparison to Miriam Makeba? When director Justin Chadwick sought last year to film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom singer reminiscent of the immortal Mamu Africa, he turned to Nomfusi.