South African singer and songwriter, Nomcebo Nothule Zikode, is scheduled to be a part of Carnival 2023 events hosted by I.S. Promo and Gemini Production.
A release from the promoters reveals that Nomcebo also will be collaborating with several local artistes, combining her earthy Afrobeat rhythms with sweet T&T soca.
“Nomcebo is expected to grace our shores in early July 2022 to personally engage in the creative process,” the promoters said.
“This gifted and prolific Singer/Songwriter will not only be blessing us with her stunning beauty and amazing vocal talent when she touches down for Trinidad Carnival 2023 but will also be collaborating with local Soca artistes on Soca/Afrobeat infused tracks, to be released for the 2023 festival,” they added.
Nomcebo, together with Ivory Coast vocalist Elody Amondji, also is scheduled to creatively collaborate with Trinidad and Tobago composer/producer Ian Wiltshire. Wiltshire is responsible for composing the David Michael Rudder super hit “Trini 2 The Bone”, affectionately considered by some to be Trinidad & Tobago’s unofficial national anthem.
I.S. Promo and Gemini Production noted that also joining the creative-collaborative-ensemble would be the young Trinidad & Tobago “Triple Threat” phenom, Singer/Composer/Producer Mical Teja.
Nomcebo‘s global mega hit “JERUSALEMA”, has received combined views of close to one billion on YouTube, since its premiere on 13 December 2019. It was responsible for spawning a line dance craze worldwide.
The song went viral during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people were confined to their homes in lockdowns world-wide. Many did not understand its isiZulu lyrics, but responded to its inherent religious theme, because of associations with the Biblical city of Jerusalem.