Singer-songwriter Natalie Rungan is an accomplished jazz musician par excellence. Music comes naturally to her, and she showed a keen musical interest from a very early age, helped in part by a strong family background in the field. and her father was a drummer in a popular dance band. It was in church, however, that she first discovered her love of, and talent for, music.
Although already influenced by the likes of Natalie Cole, Shakatak, B.B King and other jazz giants, her first conscious love of the jazz world came in 1995 when she enrolled for a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Natal – Durban. In 1995, she sang in her first professional production, “The Wiz'”, at the Natal Playhouse.
While at university, Natalie benefited from vocal training with Mitos Cox, an accomplished American-born music educator, singer and arranger.
Natalie's solo performances began when she joined the NU Afro Jazz band under the direction of the legendary Darius Brubeck. This talented sextet represented South Africa at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in New York City in 1998.The band visited Boston, where they performed for, and held workshops at, Milton Academy and Furmingham High School. And also visited the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, where, together with Professor Brubeck, she held workshops with local students.