NAME: Nontsikelelo Mazwai
STAGENAMES: Ntsiki Mazwai; MaMiya; StreetQueen; The Ntsikinator
CRAFT: Beadwork Artist; Poet; Musician; Producer; Author; Blogger; Social Activist
D.O.B 3 September 1980. Soweto
EDUCATION: Marketing Management (IMM, 2008)
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation (Wits Business School, 2014)
AWARDS: Golden Circle youth award for community service
LGBTI award for using Art to push Social Issues
Most innovative Student (Wits Business School)
CATALOGUE: The House of Mobu (Beadwork Range. 2002)
MaMiya (Spoken Word SAMA nominated album 2008)
Ntsiki Speaks (1 woman play, 2009)
Wena (Poetry anthology, 2010)
Mama Said Session (Talkshow/Music series, 2012-2013)
NDINGUBANI (Spoken Word and Music album, 2013)
Ntsiki Mazwai WILL NOT be ignored. A vocal and opinionated artist, if Ntsiki is not using the stage to confront sensitive issues then she is confronting them on her twitter account. Some kind of ‘youth and women whisperer’ Ntsiki has the ability to provoke issues that become national debate. A talented artist who has worked with the cream of South Africa’s musical crop, Ntsiki is steadily growing into a powerhouse on the local cultural landscape.
Ntsiki’s artistic trajectory has been inspiring to watch. Originally channelling herself into her beadwork range, The House of Mobu; to mutating into being part of an all woman spoken word collective, Feel A Sistah; and then later releasing smash hit ‘uRongo,’ as a solo musical performer.
This was all in the 1st five years of her career.
She then wrote a book, produced the popular MaMa Said Sessions at Roodepoort theatre and released her sophomore album.
Centred around black consciousness and women’s issues Ntsiki performs locally and abroad. Being the pioneer of mixing poetry with house music, in an effort to ‘take literature to the dance floors,’ Ntsiki continues to push musical boundaries. Ntsiki performs with a dj, rapping her poetic rhymes to deep and soulful house music; she also performs with a full band.
She likes to spend her time visiting inmates in prisons and visiting schools to give talks. Ntsiki has a deep love for people, justice and truth and this often resonates in her words, work and actions.
The only thing predictable about Ntsiki Mazwai, is that she is unpredictable.
While most stars are found in the sky……this star has a tendency to be found walking on the ground….hence they call her, the Queen of the Streets.
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: www.youtube.com/ntsikimazwai