Owen Ncube was born in Pelandaba township in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. At the age of 12 he started his own dance group, Sanadura Mapatsula, where he frequently collaborated with local dancers. After a few years he joined the Insingizi Emnyama Arts Project were his focus turned more towards African traditional music and dance, and he later joined the highly respected Siyaya Arts, frequently touring with the company. He played leading roles in large productions like Izwelethu, Our Land, Jive Sinjonjo, Dlala maAfrica, and Thatha. Today, Owen runs his own arts company, Zwakala Africa Arts, and does a lot of project work with schools, community centers, the elderly and disabled, all over the United Kingdom.