Nomfundo Xaluva

Nomfundo is a multi-award winning Jazz vocalist, composer and academic. She has released 2 albums under the Universal Music Group. She is a senior lecturer in Jazz Studies at UCT’s South African College of Music where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies (Cum Laude). Her dissertation was titled The Analysis of the Musical Style of Miriam Makeba (2009). In 2018, Nomfundo was awarded a full academic scholarship by the Henley Business School where she graduated with an Executive MBA in 2021. Both a performer and educator, Nomfundo has been invited as an artist in residence at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

As an educator, she headed the Vocal Department at the prestigious Cape Academy of Performing Arts for 5 years ending in 2015. Nomfundo is the former Vice Chairman of the SAMRO Foundation Board whose interest is vested in the development and funding of Arts Education as well as nurturing the vibrant music scene in South Africa. She now serves as a non-executive director of the SPIN Foundation board. Having performed in Europe and the US, local appearances include the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Durban Jazz Festival, iMbokodo Jazz Festival, Joburg Arts Alive as well as an expansive list of corporate clients.

Nomfundo’s research interests lie in the intersection where the art of music meets the world of business as well as the repositioning of South African Jazz in the academy.