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Ndinovuyo, Siphokazi (South Africa)  

The afro-soul vocal songstress and Native Rhythms own Afro diva has once again released a stunning album, which is a sequel to her multi-award winning debut album ‘Ubuntu bam’. Another Lawrence Matshiza production, executive produced by the award winning Malambule, this time Siphokazi has decided to give thanks to South African music lovers and the world all over with an appropriately titled album ‘Ndinovuyo’ – loosely translated ‘I am full with joy’.

A definite for world music lovers this album is abundant with deep Afro-Soul melodies rooted in heavy Xhosa harmonies and ethno-trad rhythms, laced with Zulu maskandi guitar reefs and vocal chants. An interesting feature on the album izimpempe and uvududu (traditional Zulu whistles) and the maskandi guitar: two genuine musical instruments that have tugged many hearts, and give the album a divine feeling that makes you wanna break into ancestral chant.

Genre: R 'n B, afropop
Siphokazi’s second album comes with great anticipation after her critically acclaimed debut album earned her respect in the music industry and went on to sell closed to 100 000 units. Her instantaneous success could be predicted when she scooped 2 coveted awards for Best Newcomer and Best Adult Contemporary African albums at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). Siphokazi sealed the year off by walking away with the most awards at the 2007 Metro Fm Awards when she once again scooped Best Female, Best Newcomer, & Best Produced Album. In 2008 he Kora Awards also recognized Siphokazi’s vocal artistry and nominated her under the Best Southern African Artist category.

In her continued dominance of the music industry, Siphokazi has put her small village of Lusikisiki (which gets its name from the rustling sound of reeds in a nearby marsh) onto the world map of musical songstresses. Siphokazi has been the foremost selling and performing artist in the South African music scene and has shared the stage with leading local and international artists including, Chaka Khan, Oletta Adams, Indie Arie, Gladys Nights, Tania Maria, Puff Johnson, Kirk Franklin, Hugh Masekela, Busi Mhlongo, Caiphus & Letta Mbulu, Stimela, Judith Sephuma, Gloria Bosman, Busi Mhlongo, Sibongile Khumalo, Jonas Gwangwa, Simphiwe Dana, Lira, Zamajobe, Angelique Kidjo, just to mention a few. This second album from this Afro-soul songbird is testimony to someone who has come a long way, literally and figuratively, to claim her rightful place amongst the world’s best songstresses. A migrant of song, hailing from the rolling hills of Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), who sought musical refuge in Joburg in order to realise her lifelong dream of becoming a recording and performing artist. Before her debut album ‘Ubuntu bam’ which was released in late 2006, Siphokazi’s claim to fame was as a backing vocalist to some of the country’s leading singers for a number of years but has now come full circle as a renowned and deserving songstress in her own right.

The album is not short of favourite songs for those who traverse between Afro-Jazz, Afro-Trad, Afro-Gospel and Soul, an experience that immediately becomes evident when you slot the album into your music player.

Again, the recording was blessed by South Africa’s greatest session musicians and backing vocalists, from Fana Zulu on Bass, Rob Watson and Kwazi Shange on Drums, keyboards are shared between Gabriel Stuurman, Luyanda Madope (who also composed some of the songs) as well as Nduduzo Makhathini and Randall Scheepers, whilst the extremely talented Tlale Makhene plays percussions. Simosakhe Mthalane of maskandi group Imithente plays the Zulu maskandi guitar, whilst Lawrence Matshiza lays the guitar on the rest of the album.

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Siphokazi - Ndinovuyo
Ubuntu Bam

Siphokazi - Ubuntu Bam

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