Nokubonga Kwana aslo known as (Bonga Kwana) is a 20-year old young singer, songwriter, part-time poet and full time black queer (queer means not conforming to anything specific). Bonga grew up in Cape Town but her home is kuCentane in the Eastern Cape. She's a story teller; a conveyer of messages and emotion with a passion and love for the arts. She tells her personal stories as a queer black woman, through music and (sometimes) poetry. She started singing at the age of 16 when she joined the school choir and has never stopped singing since.
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The self-taught student writes music and poems that reflects on her personal life. She has a note pad where she just jots down all her notes and ideas for her songs. At the moment she is trying to put together an EP and a music video for her recent single released on the 20th September 2018 called Nzwakazi. Nwakazi means a lady, but the song is about a woman who falls in love with another woman and even when they are being criticized by the world, they are going to love each other until the end. Her biggest inspiration bad or good ,is her own experiences that she writes down not knowing sometimes how to structure it but she gets it down.
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She grew up in a religious household so her coming out as a queer individual in 2016 made a change in her relationship with her parents. To her being queer means she’s not conforming to anything specific. Not so long ago she was diagnosed with major depressive disorder that inspired her to write a powerful poem titled “mental illness does not have a face”. Her last words to people out there are, “People should take care of themselves.”
Facebook: Bonga Kwana
Presenter: Khusi Veto
Producers: Rochelle Fisher and Zoe Setti