Nokwanda Nkala is a classically trained clarinetist, saxophonist, music teacher and freelance arts administrator. In 2012 she graduated from the South African Maritime School and Transport College; where she majored in International Trade and Shipping Practices. She spent a decade as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band, and toured Germany, Austria and Mauritius.
She has taught music at the Durban Music School and Ukusa Music Program. She is the recipient of the Music Business Grant from Rare Earth Vibration Association in New York. The grant afforded her the opportunity to study saxophone instrument repair.