Born Nklakanipho Lungelo Khanyile in Emsinga, to a traditional Sangoma household, Nipho Hurd is known for bringing soul to new heights is a funk, soul, jazz, afro-soul, house and blues singer and songwriter. Nipho participates in the kind of RnB that’s laced with funk and future soul.
She’s influenced by her traditional roots and her secular upbringing; giving her a one-of-a-kind sound. Every contradiction Nipho has lived throughout her life is apparent in every piece she performs. She is truly South African in the sense that she could never be just one thing – she is a culmination of culture and experience, not to be painted with a single brush.
Her music is an embodiment of that spirit: humble and arrogant, vivacious but weary, hurt and healing, dying but most definitely still alive. The visions depicted and stories told are that of her own life within the context of a contradictory country. She tackles the intensity of internal war, but she won’t shy away from seemingly mundane stories about love or tea. Her individuality is oddly relatable and inspiring.
In this concert also featuring is Philani Kunene from Uhuru Poetry In Motion, with his poem”Umhlaba” – the land