Nomcembo Zikode (born October 28, 1985; Age: 36 years old) is a sensational South African singer and songwriter who shot to stardom following her collaboration with Master KG in the worldwide hit song “Jerusalema.”
Zikode’s popularity soared more, especially in the local entertainment space, after she collaborated with DJ Ganyani on the hit single “Emazulwini.” After its release, the song instantly became a street anthem and earned her an award. The talented singer is happily married with kids.
What Is Nomcebo Zikode’s Age?
Nomcembo Zikodo, originally born Nomcebo Nothule Nkwanyana, is currently 36 years old. She was born on October 28, 1985, in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
There is no information about her family history, childhood, early life, and family members. The names of her parents and information about her siblings and their whereabouts are currently under the radar.
Zikode was raised by her parents in her birthplace, where she also had her elementary and high school education. The singer graduated from a state secondary school in Mpumalanga West called Ukusa High School.
She holds a degree in Information Technology from Havatech College. However, further details about her tertiary education are not known publicly, including the particular years she enrolled in the college and the year she graduated.
A Look At Her Journey To Greatness And Commendable Achievements So Far
Although Zikode has not mentioned her age when she set out on the journey into the music world, it is said that she left home to fully hone her musical talent and channel her attention to the art. In fact, it is believed that she left home for Johannesburg after completing her high school studies.
She made her most prominent appearance in the entertainment industry in her early days on a talent search that was organized by Ukhozi FM in 2003 in the entertainment industry in 2003 when she appeared hat was being run by Ukhozi FM.
She also worked as a backup singer for more than 15 years in the industry. Some of the big shots she worked with include Deborah Fraser, Zahara, Lundi Tyamara, and Nhlanhla Nciza. Her days as a backup singer helped her hone her singing skills and mold her now-thriving career.
Zikode was previously signed by Ganyani Entertainment, the record label of sensational singer Ganyani (born Frederick Tshabalala). She contributed vocally to the production of the songs “NTO” and “Jabulile,” which are some of the labels’ biggest hits.
Nomcebo’s career got a boost in 2018 when she co-wrote and produced the hit song “Emazulwini” with Ganyani, which earned her a nomination for Record of the Year at the SAMA awards. However, things turned sour between her and Ganyani after the latter filed an interdict against Nomcembo in a Johannesburg-based court for performing the songs they co-wrote without the label’s consent.
Ganyani accused Zikode of secretly booking gigs without the label’s notice, thereby enriching herself through the songs they co-wrote without informing or involving the label. According to the label owner, her actions also deprived the label of its financial entitlement.
Shortly after Nocembo left the record label, she was signed by Open Mic Productions, which is owned by Malao Rammalo.
Nomcembo Zikode Owes Her Rise To Popularity To The Hit Song “Jerusalema”
The 2019 hit song “Jerusalema,” was the project that shot the Hamerdale-born star to prominence. Although her song with Ganyani, “Emazulwini,” did well in its own right, “Jerusalema” literally pushed Zikode to the frontline in the music industry and earned her global recognition.
She co-wrote “Jerusalema” with Master KG. The song was a sensation and even debuted #1 on Billboard Music charts and Apple Music charts. In South Africa and Africa in general, Jerusalem gained fast popularity and became a street anthem. It also went viral in the international community, becoming everyone’s favorite for gymnastics and other fun moments.
“Jerusalema” was first officially remixed sometime in 2020 (featuring Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode). The second remix was also released in the same year. This time it featured Micro TDH & Greeicy & Nomcebo Zikode.
The Singer Has Since Grown To Become A Force To Reckon With In The Music Industry
Riding on the success of her project with Master KG in 2019, Zikode went ahead to release her first album in the year 2020. Its title is Xola Moya Wam’. The album contains two successful singles captioned “Xola Moya wam” and “Bayabuza.”
“Xola Moya wam” was first released as the album’s lead single. It featured Master KG and was certified gold certification by the Recording Industry of South Africa in the first two weeks. It also peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Chart & iTunes Chart.
August 21, 2020, was the exact day she dropped her first album, and it featured Master KG, Makhadzi, and Bongo Beats. The album was certified platinum one month after it was released with sales of 150 000 copies.
Zikode became a subject of discussion again across several social media platforms on July 11, 2021, after she alleged that she wasn’t paid for her feature on “Jerusalema” by her label Open Mic Productions.
Here’s a list of the singer’s commendable achievements
- Her project, Xola Moya Wam, was nominated for Best Dance Album at the 27th South African Music Awards.
- Nomcebo Zikode embarked on a European tour on July 29, 2021.
- She won her first award at the 1st KZN Entertainment Awards of KZN Entertainment Awards for Best Female Artist category on December 3, 2020.
- Zikode made her first TV appearance in late 2021 as a guest on Love and Hip Hop franchise.
- In 2020, she signed an international record deal with Sony/ATV Music.
- Zikode owns a foundation called Nomcembo Zikode Foundation.
A list of the projects Nomcembo Zikode has taken part in
- Xola Moya Wam (studio album, 2020)
- Emazulwini (DJ Ganyani featuring Nomcebo)
- “Jerusalema” (remix) – (Master KG feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode) (2020)
- “Jerusalema” (remix) – Master KG feat. Micro TDH & Greeicy & Nomcebo Zikode (2020)
Who Is Nomcebo Zikode’s Husband?
Nomcembo Zikode is happily married to a South African man, and they are blessed with two kids. Unfortunately, there is no available information about her husband, children, and family affairs.
She chose not to bring her family life into the public space for reasons best known to her, and she is at peace with the decision. She, however, sometimes shares pictures of herself and her husband.