SHE is young, she is vibrant, she is multi-talented, she is Mpumalanga’s new singing sensation, Gugu Ice.
Mpumalanga’s house music new kid on the block is fast proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.
The 23-year-old Gugu Ice, whose real name is Gugulethu Nkambule, hails from Lekazi just outside Nelspruit.
Earlier this month, she released her new single titled Angeke, which has since dazzled music lovers throughout the province.
Soon after the release, the song in which she has worked with DJ Mnyasa, enjoyed the airplay on local radio stations, including Mpumalanga’s biggest SABC radio station, Ligwalagwala FM, where it featured as the song of the week before it was released.
Gugu Ice said the release of her latest song was in line with the fight against women abuse that was rampant in the country.
“The message in the song is that women, especially young women, must stop going to places of entertainment expecting men to pay for them because they end up taking advantage of them and abuse them. That’s where the abuse starts, so it is important that we take care of ourselves,” the beautiful singer said.
Although her music career started in 2017, Gugu Ice has already performed in many gigs throughout the province, and is fast becoming a household name in the industry with only three songs under her belt.
“Since I started to perform with my dancers, we are getting booked a lot. When we get off the stage, we often find event organisers waiting to book us. They love our performance, that is why they are always willing to book us,” she said.
The singing star is a versatile artist who also does other genres. She has tried her hand to acting and sport as well but singing remains close to her heart. She presented Mpumalanga in rhythmic gymnastics and also competed at national and international level.
“I started gymnastics when I was still very young, but when I reached 18 years I stopped, to focus on other things. I am also in possession of mechanical engineering and business administration qualifications,” she said.
“Even though I was singing at church, I started to take my singing career seriously after I was asked to be part of one of the local artists’ music video. When we were there we started freestyling, and later I got a call that they were interested to groom me as a singer. Since then I never looked back,” Gugu said.
She said her father was a pastor in fulltime ministry, and he understood and supported her music career. “Both my parents have been supportive of everything I do.”
Gugu can be contacted via her social media platforms @Gugu Ice or on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 072 829 4886.
She also enjoys working at NEWSHORN as an advertising sales executive.