|Birth name||Hlengiwe Ntombela|
|Born||April 12, 1993|
Kwaggafontein, South Africa
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Hlengiwe Ntombela (born 12 April, 1993), better known as HLE, is a South African gospel singer and songwriter. She is best known as a choir member of the sensational gospel group, Joyous Celebration. She is also known for her chart-topping songs, You Are Life as well as Dwala and You Are of which are from her highly anticipated debut album, YOUR KINGDOM ON EARTH.
Ntombela was born in a small town called Kwaggafontein South Africa. When her family then moved to Newcastle, she described growing up as a time where she always made it a point to slot in a musical section in any game they played.
At the age of 8, Hlengiwe was asked by her father to join her sister on stage, to minister the song 'I found the answer' by Tramaine Hawkins and Mahalia Jackson - which is where her, at the time, 'undiscovered' journey in music began.
From being coached at church by her father, who is the senior pastor at Potters Family Church in Newcastle, to performing at the schools she was enrolled in and becoming a musical director from the age of 15, Hlengiwe found herself at an event in Durban. This was where she met Mr Lindelani Mkhize, who after several conversations with her suggested that she join Joyous Celebration. Frightened, she declined, stating that she was too young and inexperienced and Mr Mkhize, like a father, let her be and was patient.
2010-2016: Ziyawa Izindonga and Joyous Celebration
After High school, she pursued her aspired career choice, which was interior designing at Style Design College in Durban. During her first year, former Joyous Celebration bassist Bheka Mthethwa, the only person she knew in Durban, took Hlengiwe to Oasis Church led by Pastor Themba Mthethwa in Umlazi, where he fellowshiped at the time. That is where she met SA Idols Season 8 winner and recording artist, Khaya Mthethwa.
She then joined their worship team and in 2011, which was her second year of study, she was a part of the church's fundraising concert Ziyawa Izindonga, where she caught the attention of Ntokozo Mbambo and her husband Nqubeko Mbatha, who had also been invited to perform as well. Hlengiwe was then asked by the couple to join the recording of Ntokozo's album, Filled, and has since been on every show and recording they've done.
In 2012, with the absence of Khaya Mthethwa who was participating in SA Idols, Hlengiwe was appointed as musical director at his father's church. During the same year, she was also requested by Mr Mkhize of Joyous Celebration to do the tribute to Khaya during their JC16 tour in Durban-this was when Hlengiwe decided to join the group- 6 years after the initial invitation from Mr Mkhize.
It was the first time she had ever heard of someone being called into music and this time - she had a first hand experience. Whilst she was doing her last year in design, due to the press of the calling over her life, she couldn't finish and had to pursue a qualification related to music at UKZN Howard College.
Following that, she found herself being requested by Israel Houghton to assist in his African tours. She has also worked with Judith Sephuma who requested her to be a part of her gospel album.
2017:Speak A Word
Hle was a backing vocalist and sang alongside Dr Tumi at Dr Tumi's Live Album Recording.
2018-Present:In My Living Room, You Are Life and Your Kingdom On Earth:Live Recording
Hle has since left Joyous Celebration. In 2018, she recorded her very first installment, In My Living Room, live on Instagram. Hle's mission behind this project was to show everyone that worship is not something we just come across, it is a lifestyle.Two months later, she released a single, You Are Life, which peaked at number one at iTunes' Christian & Gospel chart, and at number five across all genres. She also featured in Khaya Mthethwa|Khaya's album, All About Jesus, on the song, Name Above All Names.
Hle collaborated with Rev.Benjamin Dube on the song, The Only One and she was also part of Dube’s backing vocalists during the concert.
Dwala, The HOW Project and You Are
She then released her second debut single, also off her upcoming album, You Are. You Are was trending on Youtube and it is now sitting at a total of 236,304+ views.You Are also debuted at number one on the Trace Gospel Hit 10 Chart.
On the 1st of July 2020, Hle's weekly show titled "Adlib" premiered on One Gospel, Channel 331, DSTv.
•You Are Life (Malak Yaweh, 2018) •Dwala (Live) (YKOE / The T Effect, 2020) •You Are (Live) (YKOE / The T Effect, 2020)
•YOUR KINGDOM ON EARTH (Release Date:28 August 2020)
HLE in the Media
- "Following God's lead". Press Reader/Move!. 19 June 2019.
- Name Above All Names, retrieved 2020-07-29
- "Benjamin Dube releases his double disc album, Glory In His Presence". Just Nje. 27 September 2019.
- "HLE's debut hits high note with #1 single on iTunes All-Genre Charts". GATEWAY NEWS. 25 February 2020.
- "Hle - Dwala »". uBeToo. 2020-02-01. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
- "Hle Ntombela". Afternoon Express.
- "South African Gospel Singer HLE lands a hosting gig on One Gospel – Transafrica Radio". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
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