CONFIDENT: Singer Nomhle Pearl Nongogo
Sowetan caught up with Nomhle Pearl Nongogo at Sophiatown in Newtown where she spoke about her music and her excitement about the 18th South African Music Awards (Samas).
This is her first nomination for best African adult album and for best female artist of the year.
The eldest of four siblings, she was born in Aliwal North between Free State and Eastern Cape.
Nongogo grew in Port Elizabeth and started singing at the tender age of four.
Growing up she always knew she wanted to study music, even though her parents felt that there was no career in it.
She furthered her studies at Port Elizabeth Technikon, now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where she pursued journalism.
Nongogo dropped out and followed a music career.
She then received an invitation to perform at a concert in Jburg. It was here where she saw how to make her career work.
“From that time I knew that this is where I wanted to be. That is how I ended up in Johannesburg,” she said in between sips of her cappuccino.
“When passion calls you, well for me, that calling is music, you can’t ignore it!”
Her first live show experience was when she watched the late Jabu Khanyile perform.
“It made me realise that I wanted to be on stage. I was