Nandi’s mother, Lungi, hails from Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province. Her father, John, is British. The two met when Lungi took a gap year in London, and the rest was history.
According to John, Nandi inherited her musical talent from his side of the family. “I have been in bands since I was 16,” John told the Sunday Times in South Africa. “I have met a lot of drummers over the years, really good ones. I can’t play the drums but I understand good timing.”
He also recalled the moment when the entire family’s life changed — bringing home a toy drum set for Nandi. “When we brought the toy drum kit home when Nandi was five, she instantly kept a beat going with perfect timing. I could not believe what I was hearing. It was beat-perfect and instinctive,” he explained.