By Tumiso Setladi
Pianist and a music teacher at the East Rand School of the Arts Lindelwe Ngonelo (31) says she was born in the Vaal and was raised there till the age of 10. They then moved to Durban which has now become home for her. She attended Westville Girls High School and then went on to study music at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
“I discovered my artistry at the age of 12. My parents are pastors who pushed me to attend piano lessons so I could play in church. That is where like most musicians it started for me,” she explained.
She says that being exposed to the arts at a young age made her fall in love with the endless possibilities that came with it, and it helped her to tap into her real passion. She has never thought of herself as an ‘office space 9-5’ kind of person so the arts made sense for her.
Lindelwe currently freelances as a pianist with artists like Noma Supasta (Nomsa Mazwai), Tu Nokwe, Heels over heads (all female band in turn that she also had the opportunity to travel to the USA with for a performance at the Essence Festival). She also heads up her own quintet in which they perform her original compositions and lastly she is doing her B.Music Honours through the University of Pretoria.
“Life inspires me! God, love, my family, and the kids I teach, my friends, music inspires me, amazing musicians who remain humble, all of these things inspires me,” she said.
She would love to work with Kabomo, Prince Kaybee, DJ Ganyani, Black Coffee, RJ Benjamin and Nduduzo Makhathini. She would have also loved to work with the late great Ray Phiri as well as Jabu Khanyile. She has had the opportunity to spend some time with Themba Mkhize which was a dream come true for her.
She describes herself as a shy person upon first encounter, but the more one gets to know her the more open she becomes. She says she is not much of a talker, but she completely lets loose on stage – she becomes another person. She loves laughing and loves being around positive people who inspire her without the knowing that.
“I plan to record my debut album in the not so distant future. I would love to travel and share my music with people who love and appreciate music all over the world. I would like to also study towards my Masters in Music and see where that will take me. I definitely want to perform a lot more,” she concluded.
Get in touch with her on the following social media platforms
Facebook: Lindi Ngonelo