Friday 23rd August 2019,
Soweto Gospel Fans

Getting to Know: Melusi Ndawonde

Tell us a little about your hometown and where you grew up.

I grew in a rural area in kwaZuluNatal called Limmehill in Ladysmith.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

I don’t have a fond memory exactly because, you know, being a boy you always get yourself in different situations. But what I remember is when there was a wedding in my area and everyone was happy and the cars and the people were going to a church.

My friends and I decided to just hold the back of the combie/taxi instead of getting inside or walk to the church not realizing that my parents were walking behind that combie. I felt tired of holding at the back of the taxi and I ended up letting go and I fell. My parents got freaked out and they took me back home and they smacked me!

Have you always known that you were meant to be a performer?

I always had that performing instinct and I was in the school choir when I was in grade 2. My family liked to sing when we were sitting around and we would sing and dance every night.

When did you join the Choir?

I joined the choir in 2002.

How did you hear about the Choir? How did your first audition go?

My friend who was working for Umoja told us about the auditions and that they needed dancers so I went with the other guys—Original, Linda, China and Bongmusa. That’s how we were part of the Choir.

What has been your favourite memory from trips abroad with the Choir? Have there been any particular countries that stand out?

The country that stood out for me so far has been London, UK. I was always wishing to go to London because every artist/performer has been to the UK.

On the flipside, have there been any not-so-good memories when traveling overseas?

YES, on our first tour to Australia, I lost control and that cost me to tour with the choir for five years.

What do you miss most about home when you are away touring with the Choir?

Nothing much except for my family and my two baby girls.

When not performing, what are some of the things you do on tour to keep yourself busy/sane?

Shopping and making friends with the locals.

What artists past or present have inspired you? Is there a particular artist you would love the Choir to collaborate with in the future?

When the choir was part of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, 46664, we were exposed to many different artist/singers. I was really inspired by that.

Who are you closest with amongst the Choir members?

Bongani Khumalo, maybe because we share a birth star sign so I think he is the one who understands me though on tour I share a hotel room with Original.

What are your all-time favourite SGC songs to perform in concert? Why?

World in Union and I’ll Remember You because they are soulful songs.

If you were not with the Choir, what would you be doing and why?

I think if I was not with the choir, I’d be with another music and dance company like the Lion King. I dreamed of being there.

If you and your fellow Choir members were competing on “Survivor”, who do you think would win the million dollars?

If we would compete in the Survivor series, I think Original would win because he always wants to be the only one standing out and he thinks he knows everything.

What is something people would be surprised to find out about you?

That I’m kind and generous.

What is your favourite pet?

A dog is my favourite pet.

If you could pick one song to be the “theme song” of your life and how you live it, what would it be and why?

My theme song can be I’ll Remember You because I want to be remembered when I’m gone.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

To fly so I could fly back in time to undo other deeds.

What is the meaning of life?

Life is a precious gift that needs to be treasured.

Lastly, any final message to your fans?

My message to my fans is: lets love each other unconditionally and to make our world a peaceful place to live in. I love you and God bless you!

Thank you.


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About The Author

From the Great White North of Canada, Elaine is the owner and maintainer of SGF. Besides being a big-time Soweto Gospel Choir fan, she is passionate about world travel, technology, all sports and above all the great mangosteen fruit. Oh, and she can't sing to save her love! :)

1 Comment

  1. Joyful April 8, 2012 at 3:02 am

    It was very nice to read a bit about your background. I just came from watching the choir in downtown Vancouver and enjoyed it so much. God bless you.

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