Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi is a proud Zulu from Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. As an alumni of the prestigious Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, she has performed with the best in the opera world. After finishing her studies at the University of Cape Town she received numerous awards including top awards from SAMRO, ATKV Musicanto, Luminarts Cultural women’s voice, Hans Gabor Belvedere and many more. She starred in leading roles at the the Arts Cape, Baxter and in the great theaters of Chicago and Harare and has performed as a soloist with the Cape philharmonic as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestras. A true regal lady as befits a descendant of the great Zulu king Shaka.