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NOKRISMESI Skota, who is also known as "Kimi", is performing with the classical music orchestra of André Rieu, which is currently touring South Africa.
Skota began her musical career in a choral training programme with the Cape Town Opera 10 years ago. She registered at the University of Cape Town in 2001, where she graduated.
Earlier this year was told that André Rieu was looking for a black female soprano. Skota told Sowetan: "I sent in my résumé and a few recordings. After a week or so, André called me. He liked my voice and asked if I could fly to Holland for rehearsals. Fortunately I was available.
"I spent a week with his orchestra, getting to know how they work and learning the music. I continued to rehearse and learn the songs when I arrived home.
"I also had to practise the dance moves I would perform. Everyone, including André, was very supportive. It has been fun working with them.
"This opportunity has been a blessing. It came at the right time in my career. I believe this is going to open many doors for me." she said.
Skota, who is at present touring with Rieu and his orchestra, has introduced local content to the repertoire by singing traditional South African songs Thula Thula,Sarie Marais and Vicky Sampson's African Dream.