Tu Nokwe : The light of Africa

Tu Nokwe is a South African Traditional and Jazz singer, actress, guitarist, composer, lyricist, recording artist, author, teacher and business woman. Her work is driven by her passion for children, community and social justice. She has performed around the world. Brought up in a family of six singers, under the banner of her family NGO the Nokwe Creative Development Foundation; Tu Nokwe initially taught music and dance to township kids in her family's Amajika Youth and Children Arts Project.

As a young adult, Tu travelled the world learning her craft, studied Jazz and Commercial Music at Manhattan School of Music and performed in Sheila's Day under Crossroads Theatre. She then returned to South Africa in the early 90s and performed with various South African Artists, including International Jazz Maestros, the late Bheki Mseleku and Bheki Khoza. In 1996, she released the album and hit song Inyakanyaka which redefined her as a powerful innovator. She has also produced a Self-Help journal (Journey Of My Soul, the 1st African Diary promoting a self-management system, developed to bring order to the free flowing artistic lifestyle). She has since become a living legend of South African culture. Currently starring as a Storyteller/Singer/ Guitarist on a Daily TVShow on SABC 1 in 'mam Sakhile Story House'...Just returned from Canada-Toronto, where she was starring as an elder in OBEAH OPERA. Returned home to fill the SA screens as the ORACLE of Ifalakhe (the Ageless One) on Channel 161.

South Africa continued to celebrate her 60th Birthday in 2020, which was subsequently launched online, due to the covid cancellation of all 3 #TuNokweLegacyConcerts that were to launch the follow up Online Theatre Workshops on TUNOKWE.TV channel, for AMAJIKA Youth and Children's JOY Musical, as a sequel to our world acclaimed SARAFINA (teaching kids how to live from inside). Currently taken on a mission to offer her house as an eco-friendly shelter for abused women and children; refurbish the yard as an Artists Residency, a site where African Arts & Life Development programs are housed.

Tu Nokwe received the Canadian 2020 DORA nomination for Outstanding Feature Performance in OBEAH OPERA. Continue to stay active virtually, with international collaborations: New York 's N.O.W Arts & Culture, the reimagined Festival with NAMT(National Alliance for Musical Theatre) Broadway On Demand and Canadian OBEAH OPERA, various festivals with the African Continent, Germany, Italy, etc.

Tu Nokwe’s passion for children, community and social justice is expressed through over 40 years of community building through the Amajika Youth and Children Arts Project. Tu Nokwe is the author of the Self-Help journal (Journey Of My Soul, the 1st African Diary promoting a self-management system, developed to bring order to the free flowing artistic lifestyle). Her experience as a story-teller, singer, actress and educator will allow her to lead this dialogue with the following two fantastic contributors to the future of the African continent.

Tu Nokwe Recording Archive 2021 -




1 Hour DVD Recorded Live at Music: Free-Learning Season Two featuring Amajika Music and Dance



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Tu Nokwe’s passion for children, community and social justice is expressed through over 40 years of community building through the Amajika Youth and Children Arts Project.

Tu Nokwe

Tu Nokwe & Amajika.