African beat music

The Afro-pop[1] musician Siphokazi Maraqana once again released a
stunning album, which is a development from her multi-award winning
debut album Ubuntu bam. Siphokazi has decided to give appreciation to
South African and world wide music lovers with her new album titled
Ndinovuyo[2] meaning ?I am full with joy?. This album is rich
with
deep Afro-Soul melodies rooted in heavy Xhosa harmonies and
traditional rhythms, tied with Zulu maskandi guitar reefs and vocal
chants. In this album she is featuring izimpempe and uvududu
(traditional Zulu whistles) and the maskandi guitar.
If you loved Siphokazi?s first album wait until you listen to her
new realise[3] Ndinovuyo, you will love it for its energy and with
its
lovely tracks that easily push the limits between jazz and
traditional
“Usizi Lwam”, a great title track “Ayongcikingciki”, seems to largely
have abandoned the playfully off-centre vocal subtlety of Ubuntu Bam
and jumped onto the world market bandwagon. The result is a
collection
of mostly best written tracks you listen to and you don?t want to
stop because the music that is doing the talking in songs like
?Mama
4Life” and the great hits like “Ngiyohlala Ngikuthanda”. This is the
right move commercially and for traditional and jazz lovers.
Siphokazi?s second album comes with great expectation after her
significantly highly praised debut album which gave her respect in
the
music industry and went on to sell closed to 100 000 units. She
brought great expectations when she won two popular awards for Best
Newcomer and Best Adult Contemporary African albums at the South
African Music Awards[4]. In 2007 Siphokazi closed the year by winning
many awards at the 2007 Metro Fm Awards when she once again ladles
Best Female, Best Newcomer and Best Produced Album. In the Kora
awards
Siphokazi was recognised for her vocal artistry and they nominated
her
under the Best Southern African Artist category.
Before being the best Afro-pop musician Siphokazi was a backing
vocalist[5] and a featured soloist with famous artists like Tshepo
Tsola, Ringo Madlingozi, Mat Matshikiza, Simphiwe Dana, Zamajobe, and
Stimela and she has no putted her home town Lusikisiki in map with
her
great music.

Links:
——
[1] http://www.music.org.za/artist.asp?id=242
[2] http://www.take2.co.za/music-siphokazi-ndinovuyo-cd-4151801.html
[3]
http://www.channel24.co.za/Music/AlbumReviews/Siphokazi-Ndinovuyo-20090115
[4] http://www.last.fm/music/siphokazi
[5] http://www.5sm.co.za/superstars_siphokazi.htm

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