NAIMA’S MAG­I­CAL JAZZ FOR WOMEN

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FOR the month of Au­gust, the Ekurhu­leni Comes Alive

Jazz Evening will be themed for women, by women.

Songstress Naima Kay will be giv­ing her fans a taste of some­thing new.

“At the mo­ment, I’m re­hears­ing with my live band. We will be play­ing a lot of mu­sic from my lat­est al­bum, so I’ll be in­tro­duc­ing those songs to fa­mil­iarise the au­di­ence with the new mu­sic.”

The 26-year-old, whose real name is Lungile Khu­malo, chose the stage name Naima Kay, which means peace and com­fort in Ara­bic.

The award-win­ning mu­si­cian said she would def­i­nitely be giv­ing her fans a chance to rem­i­nisce with some of her hits from her two pre­vi­ous al­bums, Um­sebenzi and

Ngiyavuma, for which she won a Sama Best New­comer award and a Metro FM Best Fe­male award, re­spec­tively.

“I will be per­form­ing some of the old songs, I def­i­nitely won’t leave them out as there are songs from the first and sec­ond al­bum that peo­ple love. So I’ll be mix­ing it up with those as well,” she said.

The Lelilanga hit­maker said she was ex­cited about her third al­bum All About Love re­leased in Novem­ber.

“As the ti­tle says, it talks about all things love. My first sin­gle – Uthando – came out ear­lier this year and peo­ple have been lov­ing it. The al­bum it­self has many love songs on it that peo­ple will ap­pre­ci­ate.”

Naima Kay pre­vi­ously worked with pro­duc­ers Rob­bie Malinga and Mo­jalefa Mjakes Thebe on her last two al­bums. On this new al­bum, she has added Mondli Ng­cobo, Joe Nina, Sphiwe Jula and Won­der Kh­wela to the mix.

“We are pro­mot­ing the al­bum and push­ing it on all me­dia plat­forms, in­clud­ing ra­dio and TV in­ter­views. I have been get­ting a lot of sup­port as peo­ple have been re­ceiv­ing it well and they like how sim­i­lar it is to the other al­bums.

“I still have that Naima Kay fac­tor they love with my mu­sic,” she said.

For the spe­cial jazz night, there is a spe­cific song from the All About Love al­bum that she wants to make sure she sings called Khu­luma Ngayo.

“The song is fo­cused on women and I hope that women will lis­ten to it and will be changed by it. It’s es­pe­cially for those who have been hurt and I hope it will change them for the bet­ter and al­low them to talk about their prob­lems.

“What­ever is stress­ing them or is­sues that have them con­fused… they shouldn’t keep those emo­tions in­side.”

The singer said this was an im­por­tant song with all the women abuse cases that have been re­ported lately and it was fit­ting for the Women’s Month evening.

“If peo­ple don’t talk about their prob­lems, it will eat at them. I’m en­cour­ag­ing them to speak out.”

The event takes place on Au­gust 11 in Boks­burg.

THE WOW FAC­TOR: Award-win­ning Naima Kay is one of the stars set to make the Ekurhu­leni Comes Alive Jazz Evening mag­i­cal.

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