A standout vocalist since her earliest days growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa,
Talie Monin, (Nqobile Mchunu in her native Zulu) won numerous local singing contests
and was deeply inspired by the contemporary jazz music her parents, aunts and uncles
surrounded her with.
In her 20s, Talie moved to Paris to further her jazz vocal training at the American School
of Modern Music, and went on to attend the renowned Sarah Lazarus Vocal Atelier at
the Bill Evans Piano Academy.
Eventually making her way to Hong Kong, Talie became an immediate hit with Asian
audiences due to her unique delivery and vast knowledge the standard jazz repertoire.
In 2017, Talie Monin performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and won 'Audience
Choice Award' honours. She was invited back to Montreux the following year to open
for Chick Corea and performed her original tune ~ 'Where's That Man?" to a warm,
rousing reception from the standing room only crowd.
In 2018 , Talie was invited to give a special spotlight performance at the Imbokodo Jazz
Festival in Durban, South Africa, where she was the only performer to receive a
More recently Talie Monin gave a sensational command performance at the Nelson
Mandela 100th Centennary Celebrations held in Beijing, China. She also headlined at
the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival in October 2018.
She is set to release her debut album '24 Strathay' at the end of 2018. The songs on
this project reflect both her deep African musical roots and her longstanding love for
the Great American Songbook and contemporary jazz.
Impossible to pigeon hole, Talie Monin offers a compelling blend of African~inspired
music along with carefully selected contemporary tunes, plus a great many original
compositions that make an immediate positive on listeners.
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