com­pletes come­back ELLE

Sunday World - - News - NG­WAKO MALATJI ng­wakom@sun­day­

VER­SA­TILE chanteuse Elle Tisane has re­turned to the mu­sic in­dus­try with a bang after a six-year hia­tus. Tisane, who dis­ap­peared from the mu­sic radar in 2010 after drop­ping her gospel al­bum ti­tled The Al­bum, has bounced back with a sopho­more disc ti­tled In Love. The 19-track of­fer­ing, which fea­tures pop­u­lar reg­gae muso Col­bert Muk­w­evho and gospel star Rofhiwa Manyanga, will hit the shelves to­mor­row. Tisane, who played Lebo on SABC2 soapie Mu­vhango, con­firmed her come­back after six years of hi­ber­na­tion. When the mu­sic bug bites you, it’s for­ever. I’m one of those amaz­ing singers who was bit­ten by the bug and shared my tal­ent with the world. I took a break to fo­cus on other pro­jects but I have now re­turned be­cause my fans have been ha­rass­ing me to pro­duce more mu­sic that will soothe their souls. And, voila! I obliged,” she said. Born Rele­bogile Tisane, the petite star­let cut her teeth in the mu­sic in­dus­try in 2002 when she re­leased R&B al­bum I skhathi-Time. I showed the world that dy­na­mite in­deed comes in small pack­ages when I ex­ploded onto the scene and caught ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion through my pow­er­ful vo­cal chords.” The al­bum, which fea­tured hit song No­body But You, earned her a nom­i­na­tion in the Best Afro-pop al­bum cat­e­gory at the 2002 SA Mu­sic Awards. In 2004, she re­leased her sec­ond al­bum, Front Cover, which again re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion at the Sa­mas in the R&B cat­e­gory. Five years after that, Elle shocked the mu­sic in­dus­try when she switched to gospel with The Al­bum. Gospel runs in my veins and is the mu­sic I will for­ever cher­ish.” She took the Best Styled Per­son­al­ity gong at the 2016 Mzansi Chris­tian Awards.

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