The Youth Voice

Rural dancer makes it big in China 

By: Khanyisile Lebambo

A local dancer, Mlungisi Cecile Ndlovu (26) from Marite has made it in China. Ndlovu started his primary school at shatleng primary school then went on to Malavutela secondary school where he met his mentor Ally Dhlamini. Upon meeting Ndlovu, Dhlamini realized how passionate the young man was about the arts and he took him to Tekamahala where he joined a choir founded by Dhlamini called the Big Sound Cultural group.

Ndlovu’s presence in the choir made such a huge difference such that they head hunted someone who could help Horne his talent and expose him to bigger platforms and audiences. In 2014 they cracked a deal with roots of rhythm led by Maureen Lahoud and she took him under her wing for a year. His hard work, determination and passion paved a way for him to go and work in China in 2015.

While continuing with his music and dance in China Ndlovu registered a teaching course with the University of South Africa and he studied part time. The multi-talented young man now teaches English and art in Hong Kong.


In an interview with the youth voice Ndlovu said a positive self- attitude and positive self- image equal to goal accomplishment. “Coming from the dusty streets of Marite I never thought that I would one day wake up in China. But God has made it possible for me, this is a true testimony that your background does not determine your future and that if you work really hard you can be whatever you want to be in life”.