Lyrical motion

Blessed, talented and driven


Ntsika Ngxanga is a God-fearing man who shares a very deep and spiritual bond with music. He fell in love with music at the tender age of six and consciously made the decision that music was his life in 2004. In 2010, he started singing professionally when the internationally acclaimed acapella group, The Soil, (which he is a member and a lead composer of) received a deal from Native Rhythms.

Ngxanga is also the founder, CEO and President of Nomadic Tribe Entertainment, a groundbreaking record label that continues to add amazing, colourful contrasts to the global music landscape.

The announcement he made about his solo journey and his upcoming debut solo album has excited many people. He has gone from being a professional Chemical Engineer who studied at the Vaal University of Technology to what critics are now labelling as a creative phenomenon with the potential to usher in this generation’s very own golden era of music.

It was in 2018 that Ngxanga decided to pursue a solo journey, releasing his first single Awundiva, which features the talented and award-winning singer/songwriter, Vusi Nova. The debut single is still receiving numerous plays from some of the biggest radio stations in South Africa since its release.

It’s 2019 and the all-round artist has released his second single Ding Dong, giving people a taste of what to expect in his first debut album, titled I Write What I Dream, which was released across all digital platforms and in Musica stores on 8 March 2019.

Who are you as an individual?

Ntsika Ngxanga is a vessel of amazing songs. I love and live music and now, of late, I mainly think of myself as a melodic African storyteller.

Which instruments do you play, and what have you played during the course of your musical journey?

Unfortunately, I don’t play any instrument, I only use my voice as an instrument.

How do you balance your music with other obligations? Do you have a partner?

My beautiful wife is truly a blessing to me and she is my support structure that allows for me to seamlessly balance the two.

How important is image in the music industry?

It’s very important! I regard it as a visual extension of my music.

What skills/personal attributes are most important for success?

Discipline and the love one has for working on one’s craft for as long as it takes before presenting it to the masses—this is key.

What are the typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue a music career?

Trying to become like an artist whom people already know. No one wants to listen to a duplicate, people always gravitate towards authenticity and originality.

What made the difference in your career in terms of rising to the top? Can you think of a mentor, something you changed or did differently, or even just some aspect of yourself that you believe set you apart?

Clive Radebe once said to me: “The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win.” That has definitely changed how I view life in its entirety and has propelled my career to what it is today.

If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?

I would leave everything as is. I personally feel that everything I’ve been through was meant to be part of my journey.

Please tell us about transformation in your music space?

The coolest thing about the music industry is that it continues to grow at all times, cross-over music also successfully demolishes the racial walls and other various demographics.

Running a business and making money in the music industry surely cannot be easy—how do you do it?

It’s definitely not easy, hence, as a musician, you need to stretch your gift and make sure your livelihood is not reliant on stage performances only. The business/behind-the-scenes jobs ordinarily make artists incredibly successful.

Why is it paramount to understand the importance of having sound business acumen to compete in the creative global arena?

Having sound business acumen is everything. It says a lot about an artist’s knowledge of their wealth, ability to coming up with musical-related business proposals, professional conduct, technical precision, unmatched creativity and so forth. All these aspects set you apart as a force to be reckoned with.

What has been your biggest success to date?

Releasing my debut solo album titled I Write What I Dream, available nationwide.

Please talk to us about the challenges of being financially successful in the music business.

I suppose in every industry, the challenge is always maintaining or growing your success after attaining it.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your industry?

Touring the world while sharing my God-given gift with everyone out there.

With the music scene in South Africa rapidly changing and new talent emerging on a daily basis, how do you ensure longevity in this industry?

By being consistent in delivering high-quality and relatable music.

Tell us about some of your inspirations in music, who do you draw from and what is it about them that moves you?

Simphiwe Dana, Fela Kuti and J Cole for the love they have for the music and their ability to knowingly or unknowingly pour their souls into each and every song they send into the world.

Who are your favourite Jazz musicians?

Herbie Hancock. He’s a genius.

What should fans expect at your upcoming performance in Cape Town?

An explosively spiritual journey into a world they didn’t know existed. 

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