There is something affirming and victorious
about Nwabisaâ€™s music. This gem from Mthatha in
the Eastern Cape adds her voice to the ground swell
of support to women in their rightful places in
There is something affirming and victorious about Nwabisa?s music. This gem from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape adds her voice to the ground swell of support to women in their rightful places in society.
After matric in 2007, Nwabisa moved to Johannesburg to study. She ended up in the media studies class at Jeppe College because of her late application and that was the only course available. Afterwards she returned home to work as an intern at UCR (Unitra Community Radio) hosting a midmorning women?s show.
The pull from music was never pleasant, so much so that in 2011 she moved to Pretoria to study musical theatre at Tshwane University of Technology. She shares that it was here that she fell deeper in love with music and flexed her writing muscle as she composed a plethora of music. Today she is living out her dream with the release of her debut album Iphupho Lam.
The powerful song Diamonds, reminds South Africans of how far they have come with women at the forefront of the struggle. She also remembers some of the women who died at the hands of their abusive partners. "I am a woman and I represent women. In 1956 the women had a struggle to deal with and they came together as women to protest against passes.
"The challenges have changed in 2018. As women we have to work together to fight rape, women and children abuse. We also have to listen to the stories of other women and empower each other."
The joyful and groovy Iphupho is about dreams. ?My dream is to use my music to send a message to people. I also say never stop dreaming and if you believe you can make it, then you have it in yourself and no one can take it away from you.
On Mama, she appreciates all mothers and her mother for the sacrifices she made for her family of seven children. She worked as a
shelf packer at Shoprite while her father was a messenger at FNB.
"Despite all the challenges our mother raised us and made sure we were fed and educated. This song appreciates the source of everything. That creation of God is powerful."