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Multi-tal­ented singer and song­writer, Zandie Khu­malo, is fi­nally tak­ing cen­tre stage as a lead­ing solo artist, with the re­lease of her de­but al­bum Izikhali Za­maN­tungwa.

The younger sis­ter of vo­cal­ist Kelly Khu­malo, Zandie has now stepped out of her elder sis­ter’s shadow to show her fans ex­actly what she is made of on Izikhali Za­maN­tungwa, her de­but Afrosoul al­bum.

The ti­tle means “Weapons of the maN­tungwa”, and is in­spired by her clan name. Her her­itage and iden­tity are close to her heart, and as an Afrosoul singer, keep­ing it real and soul­ful are part of the deal.

First out of the blocks of the 13-track al­bum is “Nangu Makoti”, which is an­chored in the rich tra­di­tional rhythms in­spired by tra­di­tional wed­ding songs. It’s a fun, sim­ple and up­lift­ing sing-along song with in­fec­tious cel­e­bra­tory beats.

The rous­ing single “Nami Ngiyal­i­funa” is a love song ded­i­cated to all the sin­gles wish­ing to find love one day. Love is a golden thread that runs through Izikhali Za­maN­tungwa. “I sing about the sim­plic­ity of love. The lit­tle things that we women pay at­ten­tion to; the phone calls un­til 3am, flow­ers, hol­i­days and those kind of treats,” she ex­plains. “Un­gen­zani” is an­other cel­e­bra­tion of love as a wo­man shares her in­ner­most thoughts and feel­ings about how her loved one makes her feel.

Zandie was born in Thokoza, on the East Rand, but grew up in Nquthu, KwaZulu-Natal, be­fore re­turn­ing to Gaut­eng, where she moved around a lot. This no­madic life taught her to adapt to change fast. The ex­pe­ri­ence also made it easy for her to strad­dle the vastly dif­fer­ent worlds of mod­est ru­ral KwaZulu-Natal, the vi­brancy of a town­ship, and the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of city life – all these el­e­ments in­flu­ence her mu­sic and the sub­jects she touches on.

Af­ter spend­ing many years as her sis­ter’s stylist, back­ing vo­cal­ist and man­ager – and with much per­sua­sion from her hus­band and Kelly – Zandie fi­nally stepped into the record­ing stu­dio her­self. “I thought I was just singing and record­ing for my­self, but a beau­ti­ful song came out of it called ‘Themba’, which was my first single in 2016. It went to ra­dio and I have never looked back since then,” she ex­plains. “I just hope this al­bum gets me where I want to be – I dream of be­ing on big stages overseas with the big­gest names ever.”

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