|Real Name:||Hlengiwe Ntombela|
|Occupation:||Singer, Songwriter, Show Host, Musical Director|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||12 April 1993 (29 Years Old)|
|Place of Birth:||Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga, South Africa|
|Marital Status:||Married (to Siya Mthethwa in 2016)|
Hlengiwe Ntombela, who goes by the stage name HLE, is one of the emerging voices in South African contemporary gospel music. Born to a bishop father, HLE actually had no interest in gospel music at the outset.
According to her, she had desired to be an interior designer. Giving up that dream for gospel music was hard, but she had to give it up anyway because, according to her, God had called her.
Looking back, it isn’t a decision she regrets. The interest in interior design is still there, though.
Her first musical presentation was at the age of 8, when her father asked her to join her sister and minister in song. The two had a great presentation and HLE has not looked back since.
At an event in Durban, she met one of the cofounders of Joyous Celebration, Lindelani Mkhize, who encouraged her to join the gospel group. Thinking herself too young and inexperienced for the position, she declined. She joined the soon after (in 2016, as a full-fledged member), having wowed fans in 2012 on the Joyous Celebration stage, as an emergency replacement to Khaya Mthethwa, who was on duty on the Idols SA circuit.
HLE Songs And Albums
Following her exit from Joyous Celebration, HLE released her debut album titled “Your Kingdom On Earth,” a 13-track compilation celebrating the power of God in the life of the Christian.
In all 13 songs which play for a little over an hour, the songstress had no guests but still did well solo.
Among her notable songs are “You Are,” “You Are Life,” and “Dwala.” There are no talks yet of another compilation following her 2020 debut, but then she hasn’t quit music, and it is safe to look out for something from her in the coming months.
Fans have expressed curiosity on whether HLE is still married to Siya Mthethwa. The answer is a straight yes. The pair married in 2016, when HLE was still with Joyous Celebration and Siya was a pianist and musical director with the group.