Nomfusi and The Lucky Charms

Nomfusi and The Lucky Charms

BandWorldSoul

The soulful sound of African jazz meets the fire of Motown in a pint sized package.

Biography

With an incredibly powerful voice and electrifying stage presence, Nomfusi is conquering the world with her band from the townships, The Lucky Charms.

With six international tours under her belt, she faces yet another stellar line-up for 2011 with her signature blend of Sophiatown jazz and Motown soul. Her tour dates this year include the legendary Montreal Jazz Festival, Womad in England and Festival Musicas do Mundo in Portugal.

In July 2010 on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada, a critic described her as “an absolute riot to watch and hear.” South African music critic Miles Keylock described her performance on her debut album as "projecting strength and confidence” and “standing tall in defiance of pop-fashion expectations.”

Her accolades include two Metro FM nominations, including Best Female Artist, Best African Pop Album and a SAMA (South African Music Award) nomination for Best Music Video.

Nomfusi was born in the township of KwaZhakele in the Eastern Cape, a beautiful but poverty-stricken province in rural South Africa. Her single mother, Kwazibani (“Who Knows?” in English) raised her while her father languished in jail for 21 years. A domestic worker by day, Kwazibani was a sangoma (African medicine woman) with a gift for music. Nomfusi would accompany her mother to the weekly sangoma rituals (Intlombe) where they would dance and sing for hours.

Tragically, in 1998, Nomfusi was orphaned at the age of twelve when Kwazibani died of Aids. Nomfusi’s aunt took them in, but she also tragically died of the same disease three years later.With remarkable inner strength she turned around her situation to become one of the brightest new stars South Africa has to offer.

Nomfusi played a big role in the FIFA World Cup celebrations in South Africa, performing to crowds of nearly 65 000 spectators at the City of Cape Town's Fan Parks. She also toured with the World Cup Trophy to far flung places like Umtata in the former Transkei.

Nomfusi’s first album, Kwazibani, was mixed by UK-based producer Ross Cullum, producer-engineer of heavy weights like Tori Amos and Enya, at Wispington Studios in England. The album was awarded five stars in DRUM Magazine, with the tracks Kwazibani and Nontsokolo becoming infectious hits in South Africa.

With a powerful voice, adorable charisma and photogenic beauty, Nomfusi is carving out a solid global circuit for herself. She has something to say, and the world is listening.

Discography

Kwazibani, Universal Music
http://www.nomfusi.com or http://www.myspace.com/nomfusi

Set List

ORIGINAL MATERIAL (listen at www.nomfusi.com)

Uthando
Ngu Banilo
Nontsokolo
The money song
Kwazibani
Ekhaya
Vuma
Burdened heart
Itongo Lam
Mphe Fumlo Wam
Ingoma Yam
Tchi Tchi Liza
Ngcwele

MIRIAM MAKEBA SONGS

Pata Pata
The click song
Lakotshoni Ilanga
Malaika
Khawleza
Meadowlands

BRENDA FASSIE SONGS

Vuma
Too late for Mama
Wedding day
Weekend special

BUSI MHLONGO SONGS

Imali yam
Umthwalo Wam

OTHER

Emelanjeni (from Mafikizolo)
Ndiyabuza (Letta Mbulu)
Tanai (Hugh Masekela)
Mama Temba
Ingcono Zomtshakazi