POPULAR Eastern Cape singer Noluvo Duna is hoping to stir up the gospel music scene again after a 10-year hiatus.
Duna, 24, burst on to the scene at the tender age of 11 after signing up with EMI Music and the CCP Record Company.
At the time, the Bhisho-born singer was the youngest artist to record a gospel album in South Africa. Fans fell in love with Duna soon after her debut album, Themb'u Jesu, went on sale. Gospel queen Rebecca Malope featured in two of the tracks.
But just as Duna was becoming a household name, she disappeared. "I had to put my music career on hold to concentrate on my studies," she said. It had not been an easy decision as her career was starting to "blossom".
"I was getting bookings all over South Africa. I only understood later that God was grooming me to build up my character," she said.
After graduating from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Duna married pastor Sivuyile Paliso.
Last year, she released a 12-track album titled Ebenezer.
"I never got a chance to promote it as I had to welcome my first bundle of joy." Countless people had asked her what happened and why she had left the music scene, she said. "All the answers are in my album. That's why I called it Ebenezer."
On the album, Duna tells the story of how God helped her during the hiatus.
"I will be working hard this year to promote the album with the help of my husband, who is the co-executive producer."
The former child star has also started her own company, called Noluvo Music Ministries.
"Our main aim is to help the youth. I go to schools and give motivational talks and share bursary information."
The company also gives the youth an opportunity to showcase their talent. "There are many talented youngsters out there who need to be steered in the right direction," she said.