By Chamu Wilson –
Miss Noxy may be a meteor with the world at her feet but her most striking attribute is how she has managed to keep her feet firmly on the ground despite the celebrity status.
Having been used to the arrogance of celebrities who believe they are doing the media a favour by agreeing to an interview, Noxy’s attitude comes as a real breath of fresh air. Not only is her humility infectious, her gentle nature keeps ringing in one’s mind long after the interview is done.
It becomes easy to forget that this is an artist who has backed the great Benjamin Dube, and has also ascended the stage to perform at the Macufe Main Festival in 2016 and Macufe Divas in 2017, who has acted in the highly successful theatre production, Paleho, among several of her achievements.
“I performed as a backing vocalist for Benjamin Dube for his live DVD recording in Bloemfontein in 2009. I have also, at some point, backed Prince Kaybee as well as taking part in the recording of Siwelele Band’s second album recording,” narrated Noxy.
Out of the 50 musicians who auditioned, Noxy was one of only three chosen to provide backing vocalist for Dube. According to her, that encounter with Benjamin Dube opened her eyes to learn how seriously one should take their music career.
Born in Botshabelo some 28years back, Nonkosi Sokoyi, who has come to be known as Miss Noxy in the entertainment industry, grew up in a Christian family and it was no surprise when she found herself taking part in church choir at a young age.
“I am a God-fearing person and I owe that to my upbringing. I sang in the Sunday School choir before graduating into the main church choir. My mother tells me that music has always been part of me as, from a very tender age, I would tie a towel round my head and hold a hair brush as a microphone and sing,” explained Noxy with a chuckle.
The R n B and Pop artist joined the Free State music outfit, Kaya, following auditions in December 2007 where she became the female lead singer. However, this was to be short-lived as they soon “drifted apart”.
In 2008, Noxy then migrated from Botshabelo to study Information Technology at a college in Bloemfontein. However, that was never going to work out as she dropped out midway through the year because she could not cope with the pressure as her performance schedule became busier by the day.
Her debut single, Iskhathi samacheri was well received by the public and also got generous airplay on local radio stations. The song is some kind of a battle-cry that the time for women to stand up and be counted has come.
The single was followed up by her 11-track debut album, Her Highness, which features the song, Faceless, in which the musician talks about a woman who has faced so many challenges in life that she is at a point where she is emotionally and physically exhausted and is about to give up. She then remembers there is a higher power to turn to.
“I am my music. Most of my songs talk about things that I have gone through in life. I wrote Ndixolele when I had just moved on from an abusive and toxic relationship. It is meant to empower anyone in a similar situation to say it’s never too late to save yourself or the partner by moving out,” Noxy explained.
She revealed that plans are afloat to launch the video to the song as early as next month.
Synonymous with the One Woman Show at Pacofs, Noxy has proved beyond doubt that she is an artist capable of holding her own against the so-called big guns of the industry. The 2018 edition of the show managed to see 504 paying fans pass through the turnstiles.
Noxy’s successes have not gone unnoticed. She was adjudged the Best Female Vocalist in the province at the 2013; 2014 and 2015 Golden Bean Awards.
Asked how she manages to transform herself from the gentle soul off the stage to a real dynamite on stage, Noxy had this to say; “What I am on stage is a reflection of what I am inside. I may fail to express myself when talking but I’m a totally different person when I sing.”
Those who have seen her perform can bear testimony to the energy that exudes from her small-sized frame, probably giving meaning to the old adage that dynamite comes in small packages!
As a parting shot, Noxy says the music world must expect big things from her as she has vowed not to rest until her name is engraved on the same slates as such local stars as Black Coffee, Nasty C, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and others who have achieved international recognition.
Meanwhile, Noxy will also be lighting up the stage at the 2018 Macufe Divas show on 12 October at Old Greys.