Nomcebo Zikode

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Nomcebo Zikode
Birth nameNomcebo Nothule Zikode
Born1985 (age 37–38)
Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa
Years active2005–present
  • Open Mic Productions (former)
  • Sony

Nomcebo Nothule Zikode (born 1985)[1] is a South African Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter. Born in Hammarsdale, Zikode was a backing singer for several years. She collaborated with DJ Ganyani on their hit single "Emazulwini" (2018).

Having signed a record deal with Open Mic Production, she co-wrote and was featured on Master KG's chart-topping single "Jerusalema" (2019), which debuted #1 on Billboard Music charts and Apple Music charts .[2]

Her debut album Xola Moya Wam was released in 2020, containing two successful singles, "Xola Moya wam" and "Bayabuza".

Life and career[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Zikode was born in Hammarsdale, Provice of Natal.[3] She matriculated at Ukusa High School, later enrolling at Havatech College, obtaining an information technology degree.[4]

Career beginnings[edit]

After moving from home to pursue a career in music, she worked mostly as a backing singer for more than fifteen years. She worked with South African artistes, including Deborah Fraser, Zahara, Lundi Tyamara, and Nhlanhla Nciza.

She was signed by Ganyani Entertainment, providing vocals for songs including "NTO", "Jabulile", and "Emazulwini", which received a nomination for Record of the Year at the SAMA awards.[5] As she did not own the songs, she was not permitted to perform them without the consent of the label.[6]

Having signed record deal with Open Mic Productions, she gained worldwide popularity after working with Master KG on his 2019 hit single "Jerusalema" and later remixed by Burna Boy, debuted #1 on Billboard Music charts.[7][8][9]

2020-present:Xola Moya Wam[edit]

On August 14, 2020, her single "Xola Moya Wam" featuring Master KG was released as album's lead single. The song was certified gold certification by Recording Industry of South Africa in the first 2 weeks.[10][11] The single peaked number 1 on Apple Music Chart & iTunes Chart.[12] In early August, album pre-order were made available.

Her debut studio album Xola Moya Wam was released on August 21, 2020.[13][14][15] It features Master KG, Makhadzi and Bongo Beats.[16][17][18] The album was certified platinum after a month of its release with sales of 150 000 copies.[19]

In 2020, Zikode signed a global record deal with Sony/ATV Music.[20][21]

On December 3, 2020, she won at the 1st KZN Entertainment Awards of KZN Entertainment Awards for Best Female Artist category.[22]

At the 27th South African Music Awards, Xola Moya Wam was nominated as Best Dance Album.

On July 29, 2021, she went on European tour.[23] In late 2021, she made her debut on screens as guest appearance on Love and Hip Hop franchise.[24]


In November 2019, she was featured on "Jerusalem" single by Master KG and went viral in early 2020, Burna Boy released a remix.[25] On July 11, 2021, Zikode revealed that she wasn't paid for her feature on the song by her label Open Mic Productions.[26]


In 2021, Zikode was named a Good Ambassador for AIDONIC.[27]



  • European Tour (2021)[28]


Studio albums[edit]

Singles featured in[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
(DJ Ganyani featuring Zikode)
2019 43 123 Ganyani’s House Grooves 10
(Master KG featuring Zikode)
2020 1 2 1 1 2 3 2 31 1 55 Jerusalema
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.
  • "Jerusalema" (remix) - (Master KG feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode) (2020)
  • "Jerusalema" (remix) - Master KG feat. Micro TDH & Greeicy & Nomcebo Zikode (2020)

Personal life[edit]

Zikode is married and has two children.[42]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Results Ref.
2020 1st KZNEA Best female artist Won [43]
2021 27th SAMAs Best Female Artist Nominated [44]
Best dance Album Nominated
Record of the Year Nominated
Net Honours Most Played Alternative Song - "Jerusalema (Remix)"

(Master KG featuring Nomcebo Zikode & Burna Boy)

Nominated [45]
All Africa Music Awards Best Female Artist in South Africa Pending [46]
African Fans' Favourite Pending
2022 Grammy Awards Best Global Performance Won [47]
2023 Forbes Woman Africa Awards Top Entertainer Won


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