Nomalanga’s rise to stardom
Nomalanga “THE FLAME” Shozi’s stardom continues to rise to stratospheric heights indicative of her inextinguishable flame. The 26-year-old has rubbed shoulders with the who’s who of the entertainment industry from Brandy, Erykah and Ciara just to name a few.
Nomalanga’s beauty is no stranger to our television screens, the face of BET Africa made her television debut on Rhythm as the daughter of mining magnate Nomalanga, after beating 5000 hopefuls who’d auditioned for the role.
Her flame has made its way to SABC1 as the co-host of the channels brand new breakfast show that airs on weekends at 09h00, Vuka Mzansi.
“The show is shot in Durban and focuses on 4IR and the integration of science, technology and innovation into our daily lives. We’re really just trying to simplify 4IR for the young person. The show is aimed at the young person who’s starting their first job, buying their first car or house, or just travelling,” shares the starlet.
Nomalanga says BET, was very understanding about her branching out into SABC1. “SABC1 allows you to reach into a larger audience that is wider and very specific, and I don’t take that for granted. I’m really happy everyone at BET was understanding enough to let me work on this show. I’m still the face of BET Africa” she adds with a boisterous laugh.
Nomalanga’s sultry voice was first introduced to us on Gagasi FM in 2015 when she co-hosted the Hip-Hop Gagagsi Music sessions on Thursdays between 20h00 and 22h00 and the weekend slot between 01h00 and 06h00.
“I used to take a taxi to work and sleep in the studio before my show aired because I didn’t have a car. I was committed to my career from jump and I knew deep down that it would go where it needed to go.” Shares Shozi chuckling in disbelief
The face of BET Africa says COVID-19 came at a time when she was meant to travel internationally extensively for award shows and all of that came to a screeching halt.
“I’m really thankful that COVID-19 didn’t really affect my income, I had a permit for my radio show, and I shot BET breaks from home. COVID has given us a chance to reset and appreciate things we take for granted, like a warm meal on a cold day. However, plans to travel internationally came to a halt a MC’ng gigs that are an extra source of income also took a pause.”
Nomalanga is nominated for two awards at the KZN entertainment awards in the categories Best Radio Presenter Female and Best TV Presenter Female that will be taking place on the 15th on December.