Sandra Ndebele is Zimbabwean musician, director, actress, choreographer and dancer. She has made a name for herself in Zimbabwe as a versatile performer, having flown the country’s flag high in India, Dubai, China, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada and Japan.
A township girl through and through, Sandra was born in Bulawayo on the 3rd of January and was raised in Tshabalala Township before her family moved to Nkulumane Township. She was raised in the Seventh Day Adventist church, and started singing in church where she was an active member of the youth choir. While at Founders High School, she won first prize in the National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash) public-speaking competition after she presented the speech “Black and Proud”, by famed Zimbabwean dub poet, Albert Nyathi. She was later incorporated into a lead role perfoming with Mpopoma High School performing theatre, music and dance. This troupe was the founding of Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Art (IYASA) which toured Zimbabwe, Austria and the Czech Republic.
Sandra wanted to be a star. Unknowingly, she would embark on a solo career that would make her one of the best-known female artistes in her country. She released her 10-track debut solo album, “Tshaya Tshaya”, in February 2003. In the same year of the release, she was nominated in three categories in the inaugural Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) which was held at the Harare International Conference Centre in December 2003. She was nominated in the Most Promising Artiste, Best Female and Best Urban Grooves (Female) Award categories.
The video for the track “Mama” took the country by storm. Sandra had proved that she had made the right decision by leaving IYASA, as she was destined for greater things. Songs in the debut album include “Mama”, “What They Call Her”, “Asambe”, “Hayi Wena” and “I Love You Mama”. Ndebele, who has always had a passion for music, composed all the tracks. Part of the recording was done at a South African Broadcasting Corporation studio. Her music, a fusion of African pop, soul and R’nB brought a new dimension to the airwaves. Her other albums include “Tshaya Tshaya”, “Ekhaya”, “Ayoyo” and “Life Goes On”. She was later to feature in leading roles on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation commissioned television dramas as well as internationally recognized Rooftop Promotions commissioned stage acts.
A socially responsible artiste, in 2007 she donated a Baumanomet machine to Princess Margaret Rose Clinic in Bulawayo. The machine is used to check blood pressure. At the time of the donation, the clinic had gone without a Baumanomet machine for months. Her passion for assisting children with education saw her in 2004 Sandra hold a fundraising show at SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School in Bulawayo. SOS School Orchestra, the school’s marimba band, curtain raised for her, during the show that was held to fund raise for library books. In 2005 she performed at a number of primary schools in the country to assist them in raising funds. In Bulawayo she performed at schools which include Tategulu in Cowdray Park, Robert Tredgold in Makokoba, Mahlabezulu in Tshabalala and Barham Green Primary School. In Gweru she performed at Munga Primary in Ascot, Riverside in Southdowns and Matinunhura in Mkoba.
She also held shows to fundraise for Midlands State University. The shows were to raise funds for the building of a multipurpose hall, boosting the university library and improving gender awareness programmes. In 2006 she opened a culture centre, Umuzi Wakwethu and a restaurant specializing in traditional foods at Amakhosi Township Square Cultural Centre.
She is married, and a proud mother of 2 boys.
- 2003 - 2004 Tshaya Tshaya songs, Mama mama, Love you ma,
- 2004 - 2005 Ekhaya songs, Malaika, Ekhaya,
- 2005 - 2006 Ayoyoyo songs , Into yami, Nkulunkulu, Silver jubilee,Mwana wangu, Ayoyoyo
- 2006 - 2007 Dub-Encane songs, guva rangu, Zazingena, Gari mkaranga,Nomalanga
- 2008 - 2009 Life goes on songs, Inzima lindlela,Yithi laba, Sbali,Yarira ngoma, Sthandwa sami,Londolozela
- 2010 - South Africa Ayoba an open source project supporting the world cup.
- 2011 - Intombi Zomqangala Russia Project
- 2012 - Intombi Zomqangala Canada, Russia, United Kingdom Project
- 2013 - No Matter What songs, Jaiva, Uthwelizembe, Bamb' iqolo, Our Beautiful Zimbabwe, Abantwana, LOVE,
Sandra Ndebele, as she is popularly known in show business, she was set to feature as Siphetho in Cont Mhlanga's upcoming drama called The Nyaminyami. The wife of a farm manager, played by exciting and experienced actor Thulani Mbambo. Mhlanga said he was surprised and impressed by the mother of two's performances during the auditions..
- Best Female Dancer for the (NAMA)
- Best Urban grooves female Artist (ZIMA)
- Nominee Best Live Band Act
- Director and Executive Producer for Intombi Zomqangala
- Best International Act (UMFAZI ) at the National Student Drama Festival in England 2012
- Best Jury Production at the Atlantic Fringe Festival 2012