Sandra Ndebele is a female Zimbabwean musician, director, actress, choreographer and dancer. She has made a name for herself in Zimbabwe as a versatile performer, having performed in India, Dubai, China, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada and Japan.[1].She is currently an ambassador for Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe, National Blood Service Zimbabwe, Mpilo Hospital and Suzuki. In 2018 Sandra rebranded herself as well as her music.She now dons a more modern look and has a high energy dance sound. She is currently working on a new album, which will see her feature not only Zimbabwean collaborations but as far afield as West Africa.

Sandra Ndebele
Sandra Ndebele
Born January 3, 1982
Nationality Zimbabwe
Alma mater Founders High School
Occupation
  • Artist.
Spouse(s) Nkanyiso Mbusi Sibindi



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Background

She born on January 3, 1982 in Bulawayo and was raised in Tshabalala Township before her family moved to Nkulumane Township. She did her secondary education at Founders High School and is married to Nkanyiso Mbusi Sibindi and the couple has two children.

Career

Sandra started singing in church where she was an active member of the youth choir. While at Founders High School, she won first prize in the National Association of Secondary School Heads (NASH) public-speaking competition after she presented the speech “Black and Proud”, by famed Zimbabwean poet, Albert Nyathi. She was later incorporated into a lead role performing with Mpopoma High School performing theatre, music and dance. This troupe was the founding of Iyasa which toured Zimbabwe, Austria and the Czech Republic.

She later embarked on a solo career. She released her 10-track debut solo album, “Tshaya Tshaya”, in February 2003. In the same year of the release, she was nominated in three categories in the inaugural Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) which was held at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) in December 2003. She was nominated in the Most Promising Artiste, Best Female and Best Urban Grooves (Female) Award categories.

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Social Responsibility

In 2007 she donated a Baumanomet machine to Princess Margaret Rose Clinic in Bulawayo. The machine is used to check blood pressure. At the time of the donation, the clinic had gone without a Baumanomet machine for months. Her passion for assisting children with education saw her in 2004 holding a fundraising show at SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School in Bulawayo. SOS School Orchestra, the school’s marimba band, curtain raised for her, during the show that was held to fund raise for library books. In 2005 she performed at a number of primary schools in the country to assist them in raising funds. In Bulawayo she performed at schools which include Tategulu in Cowdray Park, Robert Tredgold in Makokoba, Mahlabezulu in Tshabalala and Barham Green Primary School. In Gweru she performed at Munga Primary School in Ascot, Riverside Primary School in Athlone and Matinunhura in Mkoba.

She also held shows to fundraise for Midlands State University. The shows were to raise funds for the building of a multipurpose hall, boosting the university library and improving gender awareness programmes. In 2006 she opened a culture centre, Umuzi Wakwethu and a restaurant specializing in traditional foods at Amakhosi Township Square Cultural Centre.[1]

Discography

  1. 2003 - 2004 Tshaya Tshaya songs, Mama mama, Love you ma,
  2. 2004 - 2005 Ekhaya songs, Malaika, Ekhaya,
  3. 2005 - 2006 Ayoyoyo songs , Into yami, Nkulunkulu, Silver jubilee,Mwana wangu, Ayoyoyo
  4. 2006 - 2007 Dub-Encane songs, guva rangu, Zazingena, Gari mkaranga,Nomalanga
  5. 2008 - 2009 Life goes on songs, Inzima lindlela,Yithi laba, Sbali,Yarira ngoma, Sthandwa sami,Londolozela
  6. 2010 - South Africa Ayoba an open source project supporting the world cup.
  7. 2011 - Intombi Zomqangala Russia Project
  8. 2012 - Intombi Zomqangala Canada, Russia, United Kingdom Project
  9. 2013 - No Matter What songs, Jaiva, Uthwelizembe, Bamb' iqolo, Our Beautiful Zimbabwe, Abantwana, LOVE.[1]

Achievements

Sandie, as she is popularly known in show business, was set to feature as Siphetho in Cont Mhlanga's drama called The Nyaminyami. She plays the part of a wife of a farm manager, played by Thulani Mbambo. Mhlanga said he was surprised and impressed by the mother of two's performances during the auditions.[2]

Awards

Local

International

Sandie Crafts

Sandra provides a wide range of traditional Ndebele mastery in the art of beadwork. Traditional beaded garments include Necklaces, bracelets, imisisi (traditional skirts) and even bras are available in the form of beads. She is also an aspiring fashion guru, bringing in the latest fashion trends for resale in Zimbabwe.[5]

Controversy

It was her unique style of dancing that saw her rise to stardom and was arguably one of the best artistes in the country. However, her dance style soon earned her all sorts of names and was described as loose and likened her act to a sign of moral decadence.[6]





References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sandra Ndebele, SNdebele.com, Retrieved July 2, 2014
  2. Sandra Ndebele lands an acting role, Harare24, Retrieved July 2, 2014
  3. Nationa Student Drama Festgival, The Sunday Times, Retrieved July 2, 2014
  4. Atlantic Fringe Festival on Twitter
  5. Fashion Lounge by Sandra Ndebele
  6. Sandra Ndebele Speaks Out, Bulawayo 24 News, Published April 6, 2013, Retrieved: July 2, 2014