Nandi Mngoma was born on March 20,1988. She is one of South Africa’s most well loved celebrities. An enormously talented musician and actress who has already worked with a host of big brands both locally and internationally, it is perhaps Nandi’s humble perspective on her celebrity status coupled with a professionalism and inner drive to use her influence for the greater good, that sets her apart.
Nandi has a true appreciation for her massive fan-base and takes seriously the effect role models have – especially among young South African women who follow her life daily on social media. An advocate for being comfortable in your own skin and celebrating
your uniqueness, her wide appeal is of a quintessentially positive nature. An example of this is Nandi’s signature short afro hair, which
has inspired many women to wear their hair naturally and forgo weaves and the like.
A shrewd businesswoman who has enjoyed numerous successes in her glamorous career to date, Nandi is also passionate about celebrating African women and encouraging them to follow their dreams. Equality and education are two of her passion points because of the ultimate freedom and success they can enable. Nandi therefore relishes opportunities to endorse and support such worthy causes.
An undeniable talent in the entertainment industry is certainly a key dimension of the Nandi Mngoma brand. Her ease with being in the spotlight started from a young age, with Nandi winning Miss Junior South Africa at age 8. Numerous wins at various regional and national dancing and singing talent shows followed during her early teens until her first TV gig at age 15, when Nandi landed a presenter spot on SABC 2 kids show called Bling!, which she did for the next 2 years.
During that time she also made appearances in various magazines and newspapers and accepted an opportunity as a Woolworths ambassador, MC’ing for their campaigns. A few other TV appearances later, Nandi featured as a vocalist on the hit single “Tonight” by DJ Franky in 2011. The video includes appearances by DJ Fresh and Nonhle Thema and has played on various national radio stations and SABC 1’s Live, Club Culture, Channel O, CrazE, MTV Base and Soweto TV. The hit single also made the charts for Ukhozi FM, Gagasi FM, Metro FM, Kent’s Ultimix and No.1 on Euphonik’s My House 5FM respectively.
In 2012, Nandi signed with Universal Music and released her self-titled Debut Album “NANDI”. Tracks from this album feature on DJ Kent’s album and the track titled “Good Times” has recently been remixed by Zakes Bantwini. Following her departure from Universal, Nandi has been back in the studio for a number of exciting projects – one of these was her hugely popular duet entitled “Dance” with Zakes Bantwini last year. Launched on Freedom Day, 27 April, the inspiration for the track was to get Africans to unite in song and dance. 2015 also saw Nandi link up with K.O from SA’s Cashtime Life crew, for the super catchy hip-hop come R&B ballad
“Skhanda Love”, which included a cool story-based music video.