Ntokozo Vilakazi also known as Ntokozo George, born in the year 1997 is a musician from the South of Johannesburg. Currently residing in Soweto.
We asked why the name Ntokozo George? and the artist emphasised that it is a nickname that sticks – “If you see me ask me about it and we’ll let the conversation roll.”
During the interview, we asked what it meant for the vocalist to come from the e’kasi’ and reaching for the stars. Her response was, “coming from the hood, means I am a reflection or product of over 400 years of h(ers) story. I am from one of the most famous townships in Africa and I am a culturally diverse person who can thrive in any environment.
I also believe our hood produces the best craft because, diamonds are produced in the harshest conditions. I am free to express myself in different ways and languages because of the hood and for that I am proud.”
#1 What inspired you to become a singer and why?
In discussion with Ntokozo George, she told Mgosi, “I don’t remember a time when I did not sing. On a more serious note, I was inspired by my late Aunt who sang for her life”.
Her parents were also huge role players. As they realised the singer’s love for musicals and quickly got her involved in theatre and music.
“I owe my craft to my family and thus I love singing about love, family and healing,” she said.
#2 What type of music do you produce?
Ntokozo George could not exactly centre the type of music she produces. Since she is an all-rounder and this what she had to say. “I actually don’t believe in boxing music because I am pretty eclectic. If I had to I would say, umculo olapha abantu abantsundu. Healing music or Sonic Therapy.”
#3 What influence do you want to have in your community?
“Well I would love to make people believe and practically implement the belief that we have to create the change we want to see.
I am a teacher in training and I strongly believe that young people will be the ones to change our narrative and fight for Africa in all ideological, economic, socio-political and spiritual wars,” the star mentioned.
With regards to the musician’s future plans, the 10 year plan is to build an Art, Pan African school and use Arts as a medium of teaching and learning.
She also wants to heal more people through her music and travel across Africa, collecting sounds. Inspiring.
#4 When did you start producing, recording?
“I actually am a theatre baby but I started making music professionally about 2 and half years ago – that’s if you don’t count Idols ☺”. Interesting…so Ntokozo George has been to Idols SA. Sis you’ve got talent!
The first love song she ever wrote is called, “Angiyazi.”
#5 Who do you look up to locally and globally, and why them?
“Well I like to say I have musical mothers – Busi Mhlongo, Sibongile Khumalo, Brenda Fassie and Lebo Mathosa gave birth to me.
Thandiswa Mazwai, Londiwe Mthembu, Lauryn Hill, Simphiwe Dana and Whitney Houston raised me and Erykah Badu, Rachelle Ferrel and Zap Mama continue to bless me on my journey,” she expressed.
Dream collaborations are, Buhlebendalo, Zawadi Yamungu, Zoe Modiga, Khokho Madlala and the Queen Kelly Khumalo. “These woman are vocal royalty qha!”
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DID YOU KNOW?
- Ntokozo George cannot dance.
- She stopped sucking her thumb at the age of 16.
- The singer eats 5 times a day but still wears 13-14, ‘cabanga’ (rolls eyes).