Xaluva's hard road to success
AT 27 years old Nomfundo Xaluva has already achieved what many of her peers wish they could manage in a lifetime.
Xaluva was born and raised by her grandparents in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
"It feels weird when people ask me about my siblings because my uncles and my aunts became my siblings," she says.
Xaluva attended boarding school throughout her school life and worked hard to succeed.
"It helped to be a boarder because it taught me to be disciplined".
"The other benefits were that I had access to a piano and I was part of the school choir, which I really enjoyed and which nurtured my love for the piano," Xaluva says.
She was determined to study jazz so she enrolled for a BA in jazz at the University of Cape Town in 2003.
For her master's she did her dissertation on the music of Mama Afrika and titled it The Analysis of the musical style of Miriam Makeba.
When Xaluva was given an opportunity to perform with Sibongile Khumalo in a tribute concert for Makeba she didn't hesitate for a minute.
She says she was delighted to write the script for the concert because she already had the information from her dissertation.
Among the many gigs she has done locally and internationally, she says, the most memorable was the Dianne Reeves concert at Montecasino in Fourways, Gauteng.
"When I heard I was going to be the opening act I didn't believe it. But after performing with Dianne she told the crowds that if music were in the hands of people like me then music was in good hands. I was taken aback and in tears," she says
Xaluva's album, titled Kusile, will be in stores in September.
She says: "I am just waiting to put my signature on the contract and sort out all the legal matters."
She is a vocal coach at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and is currently performing at the Standard Bank Grahamstown National Arts Festival.