BLACK BIRD’s Artist Profile
Nonku Vundla a.k.a Black Bird is a 26 year old, South African vocal artist who was born to exiled parents who were living in Harare during the 80’s. After being based in Johannesburg for the past few years she returned to Harare in July 2009. Apart from doing freelance voice-over jobs for ZBC clients, Pannar Seed and Showman Tours; she also has a very promising career as hip-hop artist. During the second half of 2009 Black Bird performed at various fashion shows including Miss Stars 2009 and The Fashion Extravaganza at The Chapman Golf Club in November 2009. She has also graced stage at Alliance Francaise, The Book Café, The Mannenburg and Stars Night-club on several occasions. She recently performed alongside Swazi hip-hop/reggae artist Jazz P, as well as with Zimbabwean reggae singer Thanda in a powerful collaboration of female artists hosted at The Mannenburg.
Black Bird is a trained media practitioner (she has a diploma Film-making and Broadcasting from Allenby Campus, Johannesburg) with almost 8 years experience in scriptwriting, film & television production and new media (website content management). During 2008 she worked as the website editor and senior writer for MNet’s Channel O and Africa Magic websites.
Black Bird has been in the performing arts for almost 20 years and she is a well-seasoned and highly professional performer and voice-over artist. She performed in several Allied Arts competitions from when she was as young as 6 years old, giving eloquent poetry recitals to packed audiences and distinguished adjudicators. Throughout primary and high school she appeared in several stage productions, including a grade one rendition of “The Ginger Bread Man” in a production of “Chicago” whilst she was at Wendywood High in Sandton, Johannesburg.
As a musician Black Bird commands a strong following and her online campaign through MySpace, Facebook and her official website, have all given her mileage within the Zimbabwean and international music scenes. Before her return to Harare in July 2009, Black Bird was blazing a trail in the South African hip-hop industry with regular performances at various Johannesburg night-clubs and on campuses nationwide, as part of the Hip-Hop Intellectuals Sessions held at universities across South Africa. Some of the other Hip hop Intellectuals included Hoodlum, Reason, Rashid, Renegade, One2 , K-Method and Mathematix. During this time she also worked with Sesotho crew Baleloko and she recorded some material with the Vaal based team, who have recently been nominated at the Hype Awards.
Black Bird has been featured on 3 hip-hop mix-tapes/compilations, which have all been released in the first few months of 2010. Her work on all of these mixtapes is outstanding and her tracks are being reviewed as some of the best on each project. Two of these mix-tapes are Zimbabwean releases (The Platform & Zim Imagination) and the third one, Harare Hustler, is a project that has been released in the UK by Zimbabweans who are active in the British music industry. In the past Black Bird has worked with the likes of legendary guitarist, Andy Brown and prominent South African hip-hop producer, Hoodlum.
Black Bird has been featured in M&M Stars (A British based arts magazine), she has been featured on Zimbojam.com (a showbiz & arts website) on 3 occasions and 2 of her songs are currently receiving airplay on Power FM, Zimbabwe’s youth radio station. She has been appeared on ZTV’s Youth.Com program twice and she has also been interviewed on “Heart of The Rhythm”. Her radio interviews include an exclusive she did for The Hip-Hop Update, Zimbabwe’s only hip-hop radio sow, where she was No.1 on the Zim Hip-Hop charts for 6 weeks running.