#CGOTW - MAKE SHELANGUBO

Artist: Make Shelangubo
Genre: Traditional Jazz SiSwati Music
Make Shelangubo is no stranger to the SiSwati traditional music scene. Nana Rhina Malambe was born in Barberton, Mpumalanga to humble mineworkers, the third of eight children. She always had a love for music, entering and performing at school gospel choir competitions. It wasn’t until 1990, when she was in her final year in high school, that her future career path was etched into her heart. She had gone to the local stadium at the township of Kanyamazane where her role model, music icon, Rebecca Malope was performing. She knew from that day that that is what she would do for the rest of her life. Three years later she moved to Johannesburg to live with her brother where she met with artist, Duncan Shabangu. She started out as his backing vocalist later moving on to working with South African music giants of the time, such as Ebony, Girlie Mafura and Peta Teanet.
In 1995, Nana released her first album called, ‘Nana and The Big Robots’ and worked hard to promote it. Her only son, Sizwelethu, was born in 2005 and after many years in Johannesburg and now a mother, she decided to move back home. She always had a love for her mother tongue and with a passion to preserve the language, she decided to sing in SiSwati. She called herself Make Shelangubo and in 2009 released her debut SiSwati album, Jaha Bengikwebela with the hit single, Dlani uhambe. Her style of music was well received in Mpumalanga, Swaziland and other parts of South Africa. She went on to release other albums which include Sibali lala la, Kukhona langishoda khona and Ngilele ebaleni, winning numerous awards for her work. Her latest album Ngimele wena has just been released, which has one house song and two gospel songs

Future Plans
After singing and releasing her music projects independently, Make Shelangubo has recently signed with Kukhanya Productions. She is excited about what her future with the company holds and being an established and d