Talie Monin Professional Jazz Vocalist
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 standing ovation.
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.