Queen of Afro-pop never cease to amaze

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Zahara released her second album Phendula with TS Records on 13th September 2013, Robbie Malinga and Mojalefa Thebe were handling the album’s production. She featured Mzwakhe Mbuli, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 2 Face Idibia, Mukengera Tresor Riziki and Anele & Neliswa Mxhwakaza (The twins from Idols).


Bulelwa Mkutukana also well-known as Zahara, a 24-year-old South African Afro-pop singer-songwriter and poet. Started singing in her school’s choir at six and joined the senior choir at nine. Later she became a worship leader for the youth. She is from of East London in a village called Phumlani and is the fifth out of six children.

From her previous album, Loliwe in 2011 she sold over 100, 000 copies in South Africa by October she sold 32 copies and went platinum. Early last year her album then reached the 200 000 mark. The Music video reached 1.3 million views on YouTube. At the SAMA Awards she received eight awards including “Album of the Year” and ‘’Best Female Artist”.

There is a number of videos released of the song Phendula from YouTube, with about 13 videos. The highest viewed video is of her performance on SABC1 Live Amp had 47 356 views with 96 comments and 286 likes. It is also #1 on the South African iTunes.  Another song where she features the people poet Mzwakhe Mbuli called Mandela is a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s struggle and also praises him. This song is in both English and Xhosa and they performed it on Live Amp during Mandela week with 31 views, 149 likes and 46 comments on YouTube. Not only did it leave me in tears but also some of the YouTube viewers.

As for many artist who had the best first albums, their second ones are usually not that selling and as best as first ones. For the Queen of Afro-pop who is taking after the late Brenda Fassie, she promised and indeed her second album is just as great as the first. The album have been available for from Musica for R99.95 and iTunes for R8.99 a single.

According to TEAMTalk Media she said she invest a chunk of my money, support my parents, and I love buying guitars. The most I’ve spent on one guitar is  R 12 000.


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