Nt­siki’s new al­bum all about mas­ter­ing peace and heal­ing

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - AMANDA MALIBA amanda.maliba@inl.co.za

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.

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