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By Refentse Makgamatha | 2017-09-02 12:42:00.0

After years of polishing her craft, former band member Zameka Nkumanda has finally produced a club banger. Nkumanda is currently working on a single titled Guqa.

"The song encourages those who face adversity to stay strong at a time when South African women are abused by their partners and men in general," she says. Born and bred in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, this 25-year-old first stepped into the studio at a tender age of 13.

"I used to write songs in primary school. When I was 13, I got the opportunity to go into a professional studio with local producer Zakele Mabena," she says.

Nkumanda continued to writing songs throughout high school. After completing her matric, she formed a band with friends and they recorded an album. "The band was awesome. But one member decided to leave the group because her parents wanted her to focus on tertiary [studies], and that discouraged all of us leading to the group breaking up."

However, the failed band's attempt didn't stop Nkumanda from pursuing her dream. "Late in 2015, I went mainstream after hearing Prince Kaybee on the radio. I fell in love with his track Better Days and I literally started chasing him on social media. I sent him a message on Instagram of my song and, luckily, he responded saying he loved it."

Unfortunately, the two musos didn't get to work together, but Nkumanda's use of Prince Kaybee's compliment on her profile helped to attract other producers. The songstress has a well-formed fan base, thanks to urban music channels such as MTVBase which continue to play her Kiki Riki featuring Trademark music video.

Since Kiki Riki, she has shared the studio with the likes of DJ Tira and has recently performed alongside Oskido.