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South African born, USA-based Xhosa singer, songwriter, composer and organist Peter Ngqibs releases a new project every month ranging from a single to a music video. His music is always rooted in personal stories and playfulness with elements of social justice; particularly empowering the LGBTQ community. In 2019 Peter released his most popular song, “After 9” that alludes to his experiences with down-low (closeted) gay men. In another thought-provoking track, “I’m A Gem” he addresses rampant sexism and racism on online dating apps such as Grindr and Scruff. His first single “Broken,” from his debut album Let Me Go, as remixed by Mikey Gallagher, climbed to the Top 30 in the U.K. Commercial Pop Club Charts. His music video for “Free Me” was nominated for Best Music Video by the Jersey Shore Film Festival (2018); “Over Again” was nominated by the Garden State Film Festival (2018) and the Berlin Motion Picture Festival (2017) for Best Music Video and Best Rock Music Video respectively. Although based in the States, Peter still calls South Africa home.
Born and raised in Pretoria, Waterkloof Glen, Peter (born Ngqibeko Peter Ncanywa) has had music in his bones, from as early as his primary school days. Peter joined the Drakensberg Boys Choir, which saw him touring, traveling the world and solidifying his dreams and career as a musician. After the Drakensberg, Peter joined the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein. From there, he found his way to the United States where he truly came into his own musically. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance and a Minor in Psychology.
As a part of an ongoing project, Peter has documented several South African folk songs and published choral arrangements through the Henry Leck Choral Series and Hal Leonard Publishing. He is an active choral coach for South African language songs in and around the New York tri-state area.