Must Watch: This South African Opera singer is inspiring the world

rags to riches

Musa Ngqungwana’s story is an inspiring one. He grew up in Port Elizabeth and faced incredible poverty before finding his path in music and becoming a great success.


Musa Ngqungwana is a world-renowned opera singer whose story inspires all that hear it. The successful opera singer’s story started out in Zwide, PE. He faced many challenges but managed to make a name for himself in the world. Musa has returned to South Africa to share his inspiring story and hopes it will motivate youth who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and threatens their dreams

Musa was raised by his grandmother, they were extremely poor. Some nights he would go to bed having only had a glass of sugar water. He worked hard to be the change for his family. He got into university and worked to become an engineer but his funding ran out and he has to leave. Determined to make it work, he started singing to make ends meet.

He won a scholarship to pursue his music studies at the University of Cape Town which opened the doors to his phenomenal career. Musa is now living in the United States full time but took time to write a memoir of his life.

“Having grown up in a complicated system of segregation in South Africa, then finding myself introduced to – and thriving in – an opulent art form that clashed with my impoverished upbringing, I was moved to draft a story about my unusual background, ”

He has come to South Africa to launch his inspiring book. He doesn’t plan on returning home just yet, he still has so much work to do but he is using his platform to help other budding opera singers in South Africa.

“I still need to build my brand so I can come back and give back to my community by helping with scholarships and whatever I can.”

He has teamed up with the Amazwi Omculo Organisation, which provides master classes and competitions for upcoming singers. The project, founded by Njabulo Madlala, helps put singers in contact with professionals from overseas, giving them a chance to audition there.

“So far we have had four or five people who have been to study and do master classes in England and Germany,”

Musa’s success story isn’t over yet, his plans for the future are great. You can watch one of his performances below.

Sources: The Herald Live
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Tyler Vivier
Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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