You could almost always guarantee that where she is present there is laughter and a whole lot of noise. In my first year in the Jazz & Popular Music department I knew Ncamisa as the girl who set the music building alight (not literally) with her quircky dances, fits of laughter and friendly banter with almost everyone. I had no clue as to what lay beneath all that sass.
And then I heard Ncamisa perform ‘Body and Soul’ for a peer’s recital performance/exam and I was taken aback. Her rendition was almost flawless, shaming some singers who came before. This was jazz… We started talking and soon became friends. Ncamisa would assist me with music theory and backing vocals for live gigs. One of the few people who would give me feedback regarding the flaws in my performance, and I could walk away feeling enlightened, a better vocalist, as I knew it always came from a good place with the intention to help me grow.
Many of us constantly nagged Ncami about going solo. Personally, I now feel I was still not aware of the magnitude of her talent. When I saw the poster with the details of her performance, my heart leaped. I had heard Ncamisa perform some of her original pieces at a charity event organized by her older sister (also a musician), family and I. Her writing was impressive. Her co composer is Teboho, who is also her and my pianist, ( His feature is coming soon). Now lets skip to the good part.
Friday night, the stage was embodied with greatness. Clean jazz tones, creative lyrics, humor, classic vocals, a warm and put together band. Ncamisa had her moment and lived her truth. After what had been an intense week, my heart was lifted. Not only by seeing a good friend finally live her dream but what a worth while, quality performance. I cant really describe it, so here are a few snippets.
Her name is Ncamisa Nqana, find her and follow her musical journey.
Link to Ncamisa’s biography will be added soon