LISTEN | Nandi Madida gets candid about the need to graciously let in new talent without feeling threatened

25 July 2023 - 14:04
By Chrizelda Kekana
Nandi Madida speaks candidly about life, career and everything in between.
Image: Supplied Nandi Madida speaks candidly about life, career and everything in between.

Forever the bright spark, media personality Nandi Madida is enjoying moving to the rhythm of her own beat.

Talking to TshisaLIVE, Nandi talks about taking life by the horns in the most authentic way possible.

“I like working with the universe, I don't like forcing things,” Nandi begins the conversation. “When you force things, you gonna get a certain energy and I'm very big on that.”

Nandi reveals she's working with DJ Kent on new music and says the best thing about music-making right now is that it feels organic.

Earlier this year, Nandi joined the Apple Music team as the new host of the fourth season of Africa Now Radio on Apple Music 1. The singer, who also models, presents shows on TV and radio and acts, spoke about how her partnership with Apple Music aligned perfectly with her brand.

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Nandi got candid about gracefully allowing new acts to claim the spotlight without feeling threatened. The media personality, who has been in the industry more than a decade having been a child star, said she is intentional about using her platform to pass the baton.

“Evolution is always key ... It's important to open the doors for the next group, without feeling threatened. People always forget when it's their turn now to open the doors because we've had a long run. It is so important to be gracious about opening doors and ensuring that they also get to enjoy the limelight. Evolution is necessary and understanding where you stand in the industry. So a show like this (Apple Music) allows me to do that.”

Nandi speaks about her personal growth and how being a mother and wife has added an element of “superpower” to her brand. Talking her partner and Grammy award-winner Zakes Bantwini, real name Zakhele Madida, Nandi says the partnership has been nothing but a blessing for her.

“I've learnt so much from Zakes because it is important to keep some of yourself to your self. He loves doing that so people can separate the personality, the entertainer from the person. When you see him live on stage he's a fire cracker, I mean he's like the best in the game whereas at home he's chilled and introverted,” Nandi said.

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