By Olwethu Dyaloyi
A Singer with an angelic voice, song writer and producer and has single handedly written produced her latest Album, Ina Ethe released late 2011 which has jazz mix with African drums and beats.
Talk about talent Zonke Dikana (31), who comes from music family, and has written songs for some of our famous musicians the likes of Theo Kgosinkwe, Winnie Khumalo and is hitting the music industry hard along with her sister Lulu Dikana under TMP records.
Ina Ethe one might wonder, it simply means Give and Take she is pleading with her fans to just listen to what she has to say.
“Andifuni ntlaka emhlophe, andifuni Murre, andifuni Golide ndicele okwe ntliziyo” translating to she does not want incense, myrrh or gold (which are the three things the wise man had when they visited Jesus in the stable) I just want your heart. She has matured and seen things differently after her last album (2007) Love, Life n Music which was more of house genre which she did not like as it, as her hit single says so Jik’zinto (track 6) meaning turning things around.
The new album has rich lyrics the are songs like feelings (track 5) which is one of my own selection on the album, because it says a lot, it shows how communication is important in a relationship, it encourages one never to give up on their better half if they still love the and believe in what they shared and it has that nice African beat. The other one is Ngomso (tomorrow) I do not know who is coming back tomorrow but I relate to it, followed by Viva Legend which is a tribute to her late father ViVa Dikana who was her inspiration and is the reason she sings.
Zonke is an internationally recognised artist, who lived in Germany for 4 years and released 2 albums oversees. She was nominated for 3 categories in the Mtn Sama awards 2012 and won one which is the Best African adult album. She was recently performing at the Amstel golden hour at Macufe along side with sister Lulu Dikana and Unathi Msengana, and was chosen as 1 of the 9 supreme women announced by Estee Lauder South Africa. On top she is also the new face of in house labels network Niara and Massumi and is looking forward to a national tour, a video and a recording opportunity with US R&B star Anthony Hamilton.