Reaping season for Noluntu J

Langalakhe Mabena

RISING hip-hop star, Noluntu J, born Lisa Noluntu Sibanda, has been making waves in the music industry this year with her captivating blend of creativity and talent.

As a creative artiste who has been working hard this year, her amazing works are visible for all to see and cherish.

Noluntu J’s musical prowess is evident in her nominations at this year’s Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) and the Zim Hip-hop Awards, where she is a contender in three and two categories, respectively.

The nominations are apparently a testimony that it’s a season for her to reap what she sow.

The RoilBAAs are slated for 25 November at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).

Under the Outstanding Hip-hop Artiste/Act she is nominated alongside Mlue Jay, Killemol, Brucella, Lamaz as well as Joy Rukanza.

Her song Ghost, is nominated for Outstanding Music Video with Calvin Mangena’s Ihulumende, Da Kudu (Kiss Dilika) and Fury Gun’s Awukhuzeki.

She is also nominated for Outstanding Female Artiste with Joy Rukanza, Charmaine Mudau and Reggae sensation Mandie Mae.

The Zim Hip-hop awards, which will be celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop’s existence, will be held in December at a date yet to be announced.

Her stellar performance at this year’s Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima), and an appearance at the Shoko Festival Women’s Cyphers, got her nominated for Best Live Act at the Zim Hip-hop Awards with Mlue Jay, Brintz, Dough Major and Dingo Duke.

She is also nominated for Best Female with Young Gemini, Brucella, Millz Million, Banshee and Natasha Muz.

In an interview, Noluntu J said she is grateful for the nominations on both awards as they are a sign of her music and efforts being recognised nationally.

“2023 has been a great year for me both personally and on the music scene. Even though I didn’t reach the targets that I had set for myself to accomplish before the year end, I can say I am proud of myself.

“I am nominated three times at the RoilBAA and two times at the Zim Hip-hop Awards and it’s an honour for me to receive such recognition. It’s a sign that I am on the right path and I will keep on pushing.

“Over the past years, I have received nominations at these awards with no luck. However, this time around I am willing to win accolades because I believe I have worked hard this year for me to be where I am. Previous nominations were preparing me for this moment and I am ready to reap what I sow,” said Noluntu J. 

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