INSPIRED: Actress and television personality Ntando Duma. Picture Zanele Zulu/African News Agency (ANA)
DURBAN - TV personality and now MTV Base’s presenter, Ntando Duma, for the channel’s new show, Gqom Nation, is preparing to launch her lingerie line in June on her daughter’s birthday, saying matching lingerie is crucial when it comes to love

Duma, who is also a radio personality, was in Durban this week shooting an episode of Gqom Nation at Azar Night Club in Harvey Road, said her lingerie line was named after her 7-month old daughter, Sbahle Lisakhanya, whose father is a well-known DJ in Durban.

“The line is inspired by the shocking things I’ve seen - women not wearing matching underwear. It makes me want to cry when I see it because it matters in relationships and it’s also about self love,” she said.

Duma, who spoke to The Independent On Saturday while doing her make-up ahead of the show on Thursday evening, said she had many plans for this year.

“I can’t speak about some of the things yet but they’re going to be amazing projects, I will also be doing a lot of international travelling.”

She said of all the blessings she’d received last year, her baby daughter, Sbahle, had to be the highlight.

“God knew what he was doing. Now I’m much more disciplined and have more reason to be home,” she said.

When asked whether she would encourage Sbahle to go into the entertainment industry, she said she would support her if she did.

“It’s chasing fame that I don’t encourage because fame doesn’t pay the bills. Even if she wants to be an advocate or a nurse, I will still support her,” said the energetic mother and, more recently, Gqom singer.

Duma last year was featured on Durban’s Gqom queen, Babes Wodumo’s track, Jiva Phezukombhede.

She said while she enjoyed being on the track, she only had a 30% passion for music and would not be exploring that avenue again.

“That was the first and last song. I’m a mom and would love to spend more time with my daughter. Don’t get me wrong; I love Gqom music and that’s why I’m here presenting Gqom Nation.”

The show premiered last Friday and all episodes were shot in Durban. It aims to give exposure to up-and-coming Gqom DJs and dancers.

Duma, who described the show as captivating, entertaining and fun, said they shot 10 episodes in three days.

“While Gqom is really loud and aggressive, I think it’s going to get bigger than what it is right now,” she said.