Nomfundo Ngcobo (born 18 July 2000) popularly known by her stage name as Nomfundo Moh is a South African singer and songwriter who hails from KwaZulu-Natal.
Nomfundo Moh delivers passionate vocals and consuming harmonies in isiZulu, over a sparse Afropop instrumental with strong elements of trap soul. Umthwalo, meaning burden, deals with melancholy as a subject, Nomfundo’s lively delivery and engaging, energetic personality shine through, inspiring hope and motivation.
It is without a doubt that this young lady has mesmerized a lot of people with her voice and catchy tunes, she is definitely here to stay.
Early Life and Career
Johannesburg – Nomfundo Moh was born in a small town in KwaZulu-Natal.
Nomfundo Moh was Born on the 18th of July year 2000 at Ndwedwe, Kwa–Zulu Natal. She is a singer and a songwriter The name Nomfundo was given to her by her parents, simply meaning “umama wemfundo – the mother of education. Following her name after matriculating in 2017, she got admitted to the university of Kwazulu natal (UKZN) in the year 2018.
She enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal a Bachelor of Social Worker Degree.
From her childhood, she has always been an energetic child with melodic tunes. She always liked to involve herself with music.
The seriousness of Nomfundo Moh’s music started when she joined a church choir, it was there that she started doing covers, mashups and finally began to script her own music.
Earlier in the year 2020, Nomfundo Moh decided to record her first solo afro-pop single titled Lilizela produced by an award-winning producer Naxion–cross. Lilizela has debuted on few community radio stations. Moh draws her inspiration from seasoned afro-pop giants like Ami Faku, Amanda black, and Mthunzi.
But the energetic 2000-born has a big personality and is ready for the spotlight.
“I’ve always loved music. I started off in church choirs and built from there. I kept on growing in music and started writing my own songs from around 2016 when I was in Grade 11. From there I just knew I would never be able to put music aside. So I decided to do something about it,” said the bubbly singer whose full name is Nomfundo Ngcobo.
It has been an interesting journey for the singer-songwriter who began by producing covers in her bedroom until she found streaming success with the song, Lilizela.
In February 2021, Ngcobo released the single after taking it down from digital platforms in September last year.
The song now has a new life and a new interpretation that her fans can appreciate.
“Lilizela is about embracing and cherishing love. I am also trying to get people to realise the importance of love. Nowadays people don’t see love for what it is, they only think of it as bringing heartbreak.
“I want people to have that positive feeling about love, it can be a beautiful thing. When you see people in love, rejoice with them, because your turn could be coming next.”
Ngcobo is loving every step of her music journey.
“It’s given me that chance to shine and I feel so good about that. I enjoy songwriting so having the platform to express myself and for people to hear what I write is a big achievement for me. My biggest dream now is to perform live for an audience.”
Her dreams of music weren’t initially met with the same excitement from her family as they know the music industry to be cut-throat.
“I am very glad my family is supporting me now. When I first started to show interest in music, they did not approve because of how the industry is and they knew I could do a lot more outside of music. My mom had that fear that I might not make it. She has always encouraged me to do other things outside of music. I took that advice and I am now doing my fourth year studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.”
She said she was glad she took the time to focus on her studies and let the music come into her life when it was time.
“I could never abandon music because I love it so much. I believe, deep down in my heart, that I am going to go far with it.”
Music lovers can look forward to another single release from Ngcobo very soon.
Her stage name Nomfundo Moh is also her childhood nickname which she got from her family.
“I’m very petite and as an energetic child my family would joke about how I would be jumpy like a mosquito. I don’t usually tell people how Moh came about,” she chuckled.
Ngcobo wants people to get to know more about her through the music.
“My music is Afropop because I am inspired by the African sound. My music has a lot of elements in it. You will find love songs, soul, trapsoul, Afropop and some House music because I used to be a House vocalist. I am accommodating everyone with this upcoming album.”
In 2022, Songstress, Nomfundo Ngcobo, popularly known as Nomfundo Moh, was presented with a double platinum plaque shortly after graduating from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on Saturday.
Her latest hit Soft life was symbolically played as she walked across the stage and danced in celebration as she was conferred with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. The moment was made more special, with members of the audience also singing the lyrics in unison and cheering her on.
Ngcobo’s management team arranged the surprise of awarding her the double platinum plaque for her hit song Phakade Lami, which currently has over 9,5 million views on YouTube and over three million streams on Spotify.
Ngcobo is also Apple Music’s Africa Rising emerging artist.
Ngcobo said she was surprised that her song was on the loud speaker as she stepped onto the graduation stage. She said that was special for her and receiving double platinum was a double blessing.
“The song Phakade Lami went gold two months ago. I wasn’t expecting to go double platinum already. I am so happy,” she said
On receiving her degree, a teary-eyed Ngcobo said she felt emotional, excited and happy, but also sad that her late grandmother was not there to witness her special day. She said she was grateful that her family, including her grandad and mum were there to share in her joy.
Ngcobo said she decided to pursue a career in social work because her main goal in life is to “be there for others”.
She said her music career and studies were not child’s play, but if one focuses and knows what one wants, one will get through. Ngcobo dreams of having her own foundation one day, focused on improving the lives of the youth and keeping them out of trouble.
She said: “I am truly humbled by the love shown to me by my team and fans on the graduation stage. Completing my degree proves that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to. Thank you to everyone who believed in me.”
Ngcobo, who hails from Ndwedwe, in northern KZN, wrote Phakade Lami during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s a very relatable song and I think that is what has made it so successful,” she said.
She said she has always loved music and began singing at the age of six, performing at church, school concerts and at UKZN where she began writing her own songs.
“Music was always my passion. When I realised that people loved my songs, I thought I could actually become a musician and make a career out of it,” she said.
Reflecting on her fondest UKZN memories, she said: “I recall during my first lecture, we were put into groups and had to introduce ourselves with what we have in common as a group. In my group, we were all Zionists so we sang Ngijulise Nkosi Othandweni Lwakho (Immerse Me in Your Love, oh Lord). My lecturer, Dr Sibonsile Zibane, even nicknamed me iGosa (steward). I quickly became friends with Andiswa, Smangele and Ntokozo on campus. They always had my back. We’d laugh, have fun and study together. It’s so good to graduate alongside them and I’m proud of them.”
Zibane recalled that she easily recognised Ngcobo’s talent from her first day in class.
“I remember she stood out for me. From early on I could see what a leader she was, a quality that will hold her well in her career as a social worker.”
Her message to other students is: “Have dreams and let them drive you to reach greater heights. Ambition resides where there is a dream.”
More about Nomfundo Moh
In September 2020, she began working on her debut studio album. In 2020, she signed a record deal with Universal Music South Africa. In February 2021, her breakthrough single “Lilizela” was released as album’s lead single. The song was certified gold in South Africa.
In June 2021, album’s second single “Umthwalo” was released. On October 7, 2021, her third single “Phakade Lami” featuring South African singer Ami Faku and Zimbabwean-born singer Sha Sha was released. It debuted at number 1 on Metro FM Top 40 Charts and number 4 on Most Popular Radio Singles. The song was certified 4× platinum in South Africa.
On January 28, 2022, her debut studio album Amagama was released. The album incorporated elements of Rnb, Traditional pop, and hip hop. Amagama peaked at number 7 on Spotify album’s charts.
In early March 2022, Moh was featured by Apple Music on Africa Rising programme.
In April 13, she was named as the ambassador Equal Africa Ambassador by Spotify.
In May 2022, she was featured on Shay’na nge White Star campaign, which includes two dates. The first show was held at Johannesburg on 12 May, and last one in Durban on 21 May.
Parents and family
Nomfundo Moh’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ngcobo.
Nomfundo Moh is currently single and not in any relationship right now. Nomfundo Moh is also not married.
Nomfundo Moh’s net worth as of 2023 is estimated at around $350, 000 – $1.5 million.
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