Summary ProfileFew people know the phenomenal dimensions for South Africa’s vibrant music industry like Ndumiso Nyovane. Ndumiso’s rich moving voice and his easy going character belie his intensity, talent and creativity as one of the nation’s most promising artists.
Ndumiso began his musical odyssey at the age of twelve by teaching himself to play the trumpet after he got his first trumpet from Ray Nkwe who was the director of Gallo Africa Recording Company and which as a boy loved so much that he often fell asleep playing it and woke up still holding it in his hands.
Ndumiso played with popular band Harare with Sipho “Hotsticks” Mabuse. Though his band Varukweru which was formed in the early 80’s he played with South African respected and great musicians of the times like Papa and Blondie Makhene, Mara Louw and Abigail Khubeka. Ndumiso’s musical aspirations in early 80’s culminated with Lucky Dube and his band Slaves, which helped propel Lucky and his unique SA Reggae style from obscurity to international stardom. Along with Lucky Dube and the Slaves, Ndumiso toured all four continents of the world, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and fifty two (52) states of The USA, also performing twice at Jamaica’s prestigious Sun Splash Festival.
Ndumiso has also toured with his band to Quatar and Dubai (Middle East), USA, Italy, Egypt, Ghana and Ivory Coast and has seen the best of Proudly South African.
Ndumiso has been featured in popular Joy of Jazz International festival sponsored by Standard Bank, Arts Alive, and North Sea jazz festival in Cape Town and Cape Town Jazz International 2009. He has also performed in the South African Broadcasting station show, namely ‘Just Jazz’,Afro Cafe and his music and videos have been played on radios and flighted on television stations. Ndumiso’s style of music is unique and out of this world, he is fusing our South African own type of music (Mbanqanga) and African jazz and really grooving it. He is using all the musical elements which appetites the listener, and combining different styles with lots of energy.
In 2001 he recorded his first album entitled Mofolo Hall (Akulawa) with Electromode Records Company and he is presently recording his second album (long awaited) with different artists, which will be released this year. Besides his own music Ndumiso is playing Afro Jazz, some Jazz standards and Kwasakwasa from Africa for specific occasions.
Growing from a Christian family were his grandfather was Anglican priest, he felt he needs to honor his grandfather by doing a gospel album entitled “Trumpet from Heaven” which is out already through his own record label Talented Promotions and Talented.
The album “Trumpet from Heaven was nominated on the Crown Gospel Awards which were in November 2010 for best contemporary album.
A man of many talents, he is not limited to jazz music only. He is also an actor and has been featured in many television adverts (local) such as Vodacom and Silversands (Poker) to mention a few. He has also done a television advert for BBC which was aired internationally. He has also featured on the series “Tshisa”, City Sesla (a comedy)and will be appearing in the next edition – shooting starts in July this year. Being a personality of note he also doing voice over and can be hired as a programme director for functions.
Ndumiso is committed to giving back to the community and has been involved in the social responsibility programme called Amaha – a programme whereby needy people benefit in terms of HIV/Aids counseling, food parcels, uniforms, books and wheelchairs for the physically challenged.