By Tolakele Silo
Grab yourself the impressive second studio album by South African artist, Zahara.
With a deep voice and diversity, Zahara produces music that brings the crowd together. Her newly released hit single, Phendula, managed to reach platinum after being on the market for seven days.
Furthermore, the album released on 13 September 2013 went double platinum 2 weeks after it had been released. The talented singer-songwriter’s single reached number one on South African iTunes within hours of its release.
The Afro-soul singer first came into the picture with her award-winning first debut album ‘Loliwe’, which sold over 400 000 copies. This made her the second musician who is also a Xhosa native to reach this figure so fast.
After her much-loved album, Loliwe, she has accomplished taking her expertise to a much higher level. Through words like “sijongelana phantsi sikhohlwe bubuntu bethu”– we look down on each other, forgetting our humanity,” Zahara tries to address the problems tackling individuals on a daily basis.
In comparison with Loliwe, this album emphasises on what has become of the world, calling onto God to intervene and appreciating people who are of importance.
Phendula, title song of the new album is a song that people relate to and a spiritual tune that pleads the Lord to answer. In songs like “Mandela”, she tries to describe who the former South African president Nelson Mandela is and his commitment to his country.
The combined soul music and African sound album has left many amazed and longing for more as the Twitter buzz hasn’t stopped with fans complimenting the album and wanting to know when they can hear the live gig.
Having performed in places like Nigeria, Zambia and France, Zahara produces music that even people of different beliefs appreciate and relate to and has attracted a diverse crowd.
With some non-Xhosa speaking people pronouncing words like “loliwe wayidudula” as “loliwe wahayi dudulayi”, the Xhosa and English albums make one feel the need of singing along and dancing to the sound of Zahara’s voice.
From the tweets, fans believe that this 14-track album will win more awards, exceeding eight SAMAs won by Loliwe.
On this album she has worked with Nigeria’s prime star, 2Face as a way of bringing people together from different parts of the continent and bridging the gap so to speak. She has also worked with the “People’s Poet” Mzwakhe Mbuli, Idol’s twins Anele and Neliswa Mxhakaza and the Isicathamiya male acapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.