Based:  KwaZulu- Natal

The 2016 SA Idol Noma Khumalo hails from Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province. Before she bagged the coveted SA idol title, she was teaching at Maritzburg Christian School while studying at the University of South Africa. But then, despite her busy schedule, she was known for her passion for music. For four years, Noma served in the KZN/Midlands Youth Choir before she was later appointed as the Head Girl.

Khumalo did so well as a lead vocalist for her choral group. During the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee, she had the opportunity of touring the United Kingdom. Also, at the Llangollen Eisteddfod Music Festival, her choir (at the high school level) came second in their competition again. When the opportunity came for her to contest in the SA Idols competition, it became another platform for her to showcase her skill as a talented singer.

Fortunately for her, while the competition was on, she had already won the hearts of thousands of South Africans, which made them cast their votes for her. Based on reports, the total Idols SA vote for that year was 83 million to confirm how passionate people were at ensuring that their favourite contestant Noma emerged as the winner of the title. And after she made it as the ultimate Idol in the South African Idols 2016 competition, she walked away with several prizes worth over R1.2 million.