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Bheki Nqoko

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Bheki Nqoko


Bheki Nqoko is a singer, songwriter, arranger, engineer and producer – to mention few of his myriad of skills and roles as an artist. He was born into a devout Christian family with a father who is  a church leader. In the formative years he sang at school and church choirs, often taking a leading role in this regard. So at a young age he thought he would be a gospel singer, but fate eventually dictated otherwise. The rich variety of Durban’s musical traditions steered him towards secular sounds that included pop, hip hop, folk, choral, jazz and others.

After working with the Ntuzuma Mass Choir as lead vocalist, songwriter, arranger and conductor, he subsequently sang as a lead vocalist in Stax, one of Durban’s best known Afro fusion bands whose origins can be traced to the early eighties. When he left his hometown in the late nineties for bigger opportunities in Johannesburg, he was under no illusion that his industrious nature and level-headedness will contribute to his success. It came as no surprise then that among the first artists he worked with as a session musician were prominent artists that included Brenda Fassie, Rebecca Malope, Ringo Madlingozi and Busi Mhlongo. He has also performed in a number of musicals, including Mbongeni Ngema’s Maria Maria (1997), Siphiwe Khumalo’s Woza! (The Civic Theatre) and Jubilation, directed by Ivor Jones.