Music / Thomas Pringle

Nombasa, a Makhanda-based singer and songwriter, comes back to perform on the National Arts Festival stage. Having recorded her EP, she is showcasing music both from the EP, titled Nombasa, as well as some that is not yet recorded. Be prepared to lend an ear to soulful music that evokes emotion and simultaneously celebrates life and diversity.


Piano: Bonelela Mavuso
Bass: Tshepo Malebe
Drums: Hlayisani Mbokodo
Producers: Nombasa Maqoko | Praise Smo
Music Manager: Praise Smo


Nombasa’s origins are in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown), Eastern Cape. She is a singer/songwriter and possesses vast gifts in arts and audio production. Her music is a fusion of sounds immersed in modern Afro Soul and Acoustic folk. A talented performer, she writes emotionally evocative songs, as well as some which speak to South Africa’s current socio-political issues and the vast fabric of its identity. At times it becomes a challenge to pin down her genre and sound, leaving it to the listener to decide.

Apart from being a performer and creative, Nombasa is an academic and takes a cumulative interest in studies of music culture. This songstress has shared stages with the likes of Msaki, Asanda Mqiki, Zahara, Nkunz’ eMdaka, Blessing Chimanda, Vusi Mahlasela, and others.

In 2016, at her debut performance in the Makhanda National Arts Festival Fringe programme, she managed to scoop an Ovation Award, followed by the Cape Fringe Bronze award.

Nombasa is passionate about cultivating a culture of songwriting and has shared her time with different youth groups from different regions through workshops. These include some students from Access Music Project (AMP), Isangqa seNkcubeko and Global Sojourns Giving Circle. Nombasa believes everyone has a voice and power to write songs and hopes to develop communities in music practice. Her EP titled Nombasa comes out this year.

  • Venue: Thomas Pringle
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: 1820 Settlers Monument on Lucas Avenue, three levels above the Guy Butler Theatre stage.
  • Ticket Price: R100.00
  • Genre: Music
  • Duration: 45mins
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Language: isiXhosa
June 30, 2022   16:00 - 17:00
July 02, 2022   16:00 - 17:00