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The Bantu Queen is an African media personality, an artist, a motivational speaker and a Philanthropist. Her most popular musical and Deejaying name is BLACK BIRD. While for ministry related work and her gospel hip-hop she uses the stage name TEMPLE.
Nonkululeko 'BANTU QUEEN' Kasongo Vundla was born in Zimbabwe to a South African father and Zambian mother who were living in exile during the apartheid era. The 34 year old female rapper was drawn to hip-hop at an early age and from as early as the age of 9, she was dubbing the cassettes and music videos of her favorite rappers.

A lot of her influence came from the female emcees that were coming out of the USA during the early 90s and the music of MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Da Brat and Left Eye helped Black Bird shape her musical style. After following a career in film and TV production for several years Black Bird returned to her first love in 2009, beginning her fulltime career as a professional hip-hop artist. Black Bird released her debut album "Tha Rappetizer" in 2010, followed by her mixtape "Mixtape Memoirs" in 2011, "Black Excellence" in 2015. Over the past 7 years she has made several mixtape appearances both locally and internationally, gaining popularity in African media and underground hiphop circles globally. Although Black Bird raps primarily in English, the multilingual African emcee she also drops bars in Shona, Ndebele, Zulu, and Sotho. Her versatility gives Black Bird a chance to celebrate her Southern African roots through a rich repertoire of songs usually delivered with a live band. Black Bird musical style goes beyond hip-hop with infusions of reggae, neo-soul and afro-funk comfortably incorporated into her music. Her most successful single to date is entitled "Waiting For Love", which was released with a visually stimulating music video in September 2014. Her earlier single "Oooh", was released in 2011 from her debut album with a music video that pays tribute to the 1950s era, celebrating the fashion, decor and vehicles from that period in history.

Not only is Black Bird a rapper however, she is a history-maker! Having first made history in 2010 by becoming the first female rapper in Zimbabwe to release a full length hip-hop album, Black Bird went on to break another record the next year in April 2011 by being the first female rapper to ever be invited to perform at the prestigious Harare International Festival of Arts (H.I.F.A). Black Bird returned to the HIFA stage for a second time in 2013, then she went on to grace the stage at the 2015 edition of the Shoko Festival. Throughout her career Black Bird has given scores of Club performances, as well as providing entertainment at a number of weddings and corporate events. 

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