Ntsiki’s new album all about mastering peace and healing
POET and musician Ntsiki Mazwai’s star continues to rise as she takes fans on a healing journey with the independent release of her latest album
The Masterpiece, which she has been working on since October last year, and it is now available for download on all online platforms.
The artist says the album is about healing, not only for those who will listen to it but also for her.
Ntsiki, who shot to fame through her poetry, adds that the album is a reflection of what is happening in society and, therefore, it is very political in nature.
“The album has different dimensions to it. There is a rape song, an important piece of work because a lot of women have been raped and are not talking about. It is essentially about healing. Even politically, as black people we need to heal... healing as people, woman healing from the sexual violence.
“There is also a song with Bra Pops Mohamed titled Sobonana – a song about death. So anything that is important to highlight, the place for crying and for healing is important.”
Ntsiki is also undergoing healing herself. “I am healing from everything I am talking about in the album. Being a black woman in South Africa and being scared of men, (healing) from sexual violence, healing from the people I have lost along the way, all the things that I have not cried about.”
And like any independent artist, the making of this 13-track album brought about frustrations and the struggles that many others face.
“I couldn’t release my material since early this year when I completed it. I got caught in a sad space and a really frustrated space about this. But when I stumbled upon the fact that I can upload my own music on these digital platforms, I felt like I had found the key to my freedom,” says Ntsiki, reflecting on her journey.
The light at the end of the tunnel was the realisation how much strength independent artists carry, although they do need the emotional support.
“I have also learnt that you have to learn to trust your process and the timing of everything because now it feels so right, everybody is excited and it is moving. I am amazed.”
The double-play on the album title is based on her master’s degree that she acquired last year and also the importance of “mastering your peace”.
“That is part of that healing theme, igniting the need for self-introspection, and forsaking the superficial bandages that we use in society. Black people have been through a lot and I can’t emphasise enough how much we must look at our hurt and damage so that we know how to move forward.”
And through this album, Ntsiki implores everyone to support artists and not allow HHP and ProKid’s deaths to be in vain.
“Can there be a signal from the artist community that we actually do need you guys? Stop dragging us and support us.”
POET and musician Ntsiki Mazwai.