BORN WITH A GOLDEN VOICE
*Caption: Luke Ntombela during her solo performance for the top 16 Idols spot (Photo cred – Facebook)
Written by: Siphokazi Mtshali
Music has always been Luke Ntombela’s dream.
The 27-year-old Estcourt resident is now making waves in the music industry.
She is the first born out of seven siblings, located in Durban where she lives with her pastor Abraham Masinga and his wife Portia Masinga, and works at Primi Piatti, an eatery at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
Ntombela began singing from a very young age.
“Music has always been my dream, from a very young age, when I couldn’t even pronounce words right,” said Ntombela, who views herself as a great musician.
She had been trying to get into Idols SA for six consecutive times with no luck, but this time around she cracked the nod, and passed the group rounds on Idols SA before securing a spot in the Top 16.
Although the judges criticized the way she performed with her group, she displayed her talent with a great come-back performance of Mali by Zahara.
Ntombela describes herself as a strong, frank and fun woman.
“Being in the top 16 is such an honour, it’s overwhelming. When I think about how many people come for auditions and those long queues, I know I am here by His grace and favour,” said Ntombela.
She was also in the winning team which was led by Robbie Malinga on Clash of the Choirs in 2014. Before going to Clash of the Choirs, she used to perform mostly in weddings, parties and churches, and also did gigs on weekends.
She has quit her waitressing job to focus on Idols.
Ntombela mentioned that she got exposure while on Clash of the Choirs, but not much of it because they were a group of 20.
“The song by Ringo Madlingozi, Sondela, created more gigs for me,” she said.
When Journalismiziko asked how her journey has been thus far, she said that it is nerve wrecking to be quite honest, but also extremely exciting because as an upcoming artist, her dream is unfolding. She also added that learning the lyrics to a song you have never heard before, in less than a day is challenging.
Though the journey had not been easy, Ntombela said she is driven by the visions in her mind, to become a big somebody in the industry.
“When I’m watching an artist performing for a huge crowd, within me, I know that that’s where I belong,” said Ntombela, a lover of good music.
She has been getting a lot of support from people around KwaZulu-Natal, especially from her hometown, Estcourt.
Ntombela is trending on social networks with the hashtag Team Luke.
“We want Luke to be our next SA Idol, we will vote till the last day,” said Noluthando Mvelase who is her neighbour in Estcourt.
Her supporters designed T-shirts with her picture in the front and the voting details at the back. They posted pictures on her Facebook page, wearing them.
“Luke is my Idol, we will keep on voting. Hashtag vote for Luke. Hashtag uvalo dololo,” said a Facebook friend, Mbali Mabaso.
Ntombela does not have a particular artist to whom she looks up to. She believes that she could be the next SA Idol.
“I’ve got the voice, personality, stage presence and yes the looks, and those are the qualities that are expected from an Idol,” she said.
Ntombela sees herself as being very recognised in the industry.
“I see myself mentoring other young talented, upcoming artists, especially ladies who wants to be in the industry.”
She advised people who want to go into the industry that they must knock on every door, and grab every opportunity that comes their way.
“Be updated on what’s happening, go out and socialise with people who are already where you want to be. Believe in yourself and in your talent,” she said.
She expressed her words of appreciation to everyone who believes and supports her.
“I love you so much and I hope when you read this, you will be motivated, inspired and encouraged to follow your dream,” Ntombela concluded.