The woman from KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal says music has always been her first love. She has had the opportunity to share the stage with heavyweights such as the late Lebo Mathosa and Loyiso Bala.

Her uncle, Barry Moodley, saw her gift long before her parents did. She would imitate the likes of Brenda Fassie and he always encouraged her to follow her dreams.

“I grew up just loving being on stage and performing to anyone who would listen. I only realised that it could be a career once I was in it professionally. I do it for the love, rather than the fame,” she says.

Her upbringing is one that reflects the Rainbow Nation Nelson Mandela dreamed about. Naidoo’s father is Indian and her mother umZulu.

“Being mixed race is the coolest thing ever, but I’ve my parents had to face some tricky situations. My parents were not allowed to live or be together. They endured a lot, but after apartheid was over, they finally got married on my birthday. As they say, the rest is history.”

The go-getter is busy taking everything coming her way in her stride. She currently has an endorsement with Locomute and is also working with DJ Tira on a new track, which they think will grab the South African music fan’s attention. She is also working on a project with Amped Africa as its ambassador.

Despite her busy schedule, Naidoo makes time to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate. She has launched the non-profit Lungi Naidoo Foundation, which supplies uniforms, books and food parcels to 20 schools in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

“The Lungi Foundation is my heartbeat. I love kids and I grew up in a place that looked like it had no hope. But here I am, dreaming beyond those circumstances. I want to be an example to kids back home and want them to know that if they believe in themselves and work really hard, they can achieve whatever their hearts desire.”

The single mum says it’s tough being a woman in a male-dominated industry. She had to face many hurdles before making it in the mainstream.

“The great thing about hurdles is that if you fail to get over them, you can backtrack a little and come back harder and faster to get over them,” she says.