Pietermaritzburg-born Nduduzo Mkhize is known by his stage name, Gubhela, and is a professional artist through the spoken word (poetry). He is also an actor, a creative writer and an arts facilitator.
Gubhela is the founder and Managing Director of Gubhela Brands (Pty) Ltd, an artists agency and events company. He is also the Chairperson of a Non-profit organization called Ubuntu Arts, which focuses on developing and grooming young talent. He focuses his work on social well-being and human liberty awareness, communicating the predicaments of many South Africans.
Gubhela has competed against fellow artists from different countries in tournaments such as My Culture My Pride. He has won the Indondo Award in the Best Artist & Culture Award category, and his work has been aired on numerous South African radio stations. He is also a graduate from the uMgungundlovu FET (Electrical Engineering) and is currently involved in an internship for this field.
Gubhela has shared the stage with many local artists, and has also appeared on television programmes such as Identity and Roots (SABC 1). His achievements include travelling with the Department of Transport since 2013 on Road Awareness and Accident campaigns, and facilitating poetry workshops throughout KwaZulu-Natal with the Department of Art and Culture.
Gubhela believes that poetry is one of the best ways of reaching mass audiences, especially the youth, and that it can also create a psychological shift in daily reasoning.
In 2018 he hosted his first one man poetry show “Ngokuka Gubhela Chapter One Verse One”, which enjoyed sold out shows in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Newcastle. He has since collaborated on a song with gospel star Fikile Mlomo, and is featured in a Xenophobia awareness song with the legendary Shwi Nomtekhala.
He is perceived as an icon and a role model for many fellow poets and aspiring poets, and in 2019 he was the winner of the South Africa Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Best Poet award.