Born in Durban, South Africa, popular, multi-award winning Actress/Singer-Songwriter/Dancer Nondumiso Tembe is well on her way to becoming one of Africa’s brightest international stars. Raised in New York City, where her parents were the first black South Africans to study Music at the prestigious Juilliard School, Tembe is the daughter of two groundbreaking, world-renowned Opera singers but has forged a unique and extraordinary path of her own. A trailblazer, the artist has a string of impressive qualifications that have laid the foundation for what continues to be a meaningful, international and diverse career in the Performing Arts. It is believed that Tembe is the first South African actress to hold a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the famed Yale School of Drama. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Political Science with a focus on Africa from New York’s New School University and spent a summer studying Classical Theatre at the British American Dramatic Academy at the illustrious Oxford University in England. She has studied Ballet and African dance for 15 years, namely at the distinguished Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Djoniba African Dance and Drum Center in New York City.


Some notable credits include her intense portrayal of tragic Creole maid, Mavis, in the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning hit HBO show “TRUE BLOOD," the feisty and scandalous Miss Mya, on Africa’s most popular television show, "GENERATIONS." And most recently, a cameo role in the upcoming Marvel’s “AVENGERS II” as well as the fierce Fanta in the epic 6-part international mini-series, “BOOK OF NEGROES”. The actress has also appeared on popular CBS series “NCIS: LA” with LL Cool J as well as America’s number 1 hit TV show “NCIS” with Mark Harmon. Tembe’s Theatre resume is varied and extensive, having performed in noted productions at some of America’s most prestigious theatres, including the McCarter Theater at Princeton, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Miller Theatre at Columbia and the Boston Court Theatre and Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles, to name a few. Tembe won the 2012 Mercury Theatre award for Best Lead Actress In A Musical for her tour-de-force performance in the title role in a South African revival of Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s beloved classical musical “Cinderella” and recently won the 2014 Best Actress In A Supporting Role Naledi Theatre Award for her razor-sharp portrayal of ferocious young lawyer, Susan, in David Mamet’s provocative play, “RACE” in a successful South African tour and a triumphant run at the 2014 world-renowned Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

An accomplished Singer/Songwriter, the multi-talented artist’s critically-acclaimed debut album “IZWI LAMI; My Voice” made waves in the Southern African music industry, winning a 2011 MetroFM Music Award for Best Music Video (“Just A Guy”), also receiving a nomination for Best Female Album as well as a nomination for a South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) in the Best EthnoSoul Artist category. The eclectic album, for which she penned twelve original tracks, features collaborations with Maskandi music legends Madala Kunene and Phuz’Ekhemisi as well as popular South African Hip Hop artist Young Nations. The album enjoyed two hit singles and music videos, “Silver to Gold” and “Just A Guy” and a poignant third single, “Black Gold.” Dedicated to Mama Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs and the first woman to lead the African Union - the politically charged “Black Gold” - marks the artist’s producing and directorial debut.


Other career highlights include playing the title role in The Playhouse Company’s widely acclaimed production of “Annie,” a performance that lead her to be the first black actress to lead a multi-racial cast in a major theatrical production in post-Apartheid South Africa. Other landmark moments in the artist’s career was singing for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration at his home in Qunu, South Africa as well as two powerful tribute performances at the UNITED NATIONS UNESCO in Paris, France at the 2012 International Africa Day celebrations and at the 2013 50th anniversary celebrations of South Africa’s historic Rivonia Trials. In 2010, Tembe was featured in the Starlight Pop-Opera FIFA Worldcup- dedicated concert, accompanied by one of Africa’s premiere orchestras, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, lead by noted American conductor Leslie Dunner. In her first stint as a presenter, the multi-lingual performer proudly represented her country as she co-hosted the 123rd International Olympics Committee Opening Ceremony in French, English and Zulu at The Playhouse Company in Durban, South Africa, live on international television alongside Congolese Sports and Television personality, Christopher Bongo. A socio-politically passionate artist, Tembe believes in using her voice as a platform and vehicle to effect positive change in her community and the world at large. In 2011, after serving on the Board of Directors of the Yale Black Alumni Association for two years, Tembe was nominated as a “Global Shaper” by the World Economic Forum. The actress/singer is passionate about empowering African Youth, particularly through Education and The Arts. Tembe is based in Los Angeles. She is fluent in English, Zulu and French and semi-fluent in Spanish, Xhosa and Afrikaans.