Mes­sage of love, hope and in­spi­ra­tion

Weekend Witness - - Arts - SIY­ATH­EMBA BEN

PI­ETER­MAR­IT­BURG-born en­ter­tainer Joel Zuma is ex­cited about the re­cent re­lease of his de­but al­bum, When the time is right.

The ac­tor, pre­sen­ter and pro­ducer spent ten years work­ing on the songs and feels this is the right time for the re­lease.

“I took so long be­cause I was not ready, I was not in a rush. I wanted to grow and also find the right peo­ple to work with,” he told Week­end Wit­ness.

The 12-track al­bum is a mix­ture of RnB, gospel, tra­di­tional African and jazz mu­sic. Asked why, he ex­plained that he wanted his mu­sic to ap­peal to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“It [the al­bum] is for ev­ery­one who loves mu­sic. Peo­ple will re­late be­cause of the dif­fer­ent sub­jects,” Zuma added.

Re­leas­ing the al­bum has also been very emo­tional for the singer, be­cause it has long been his dream to share his mu­sic with oth­ers.

“I am very proud of it. I have been dream­ing about this for a very long time,” Zuma said.

“I used to do cov­ers of other peo­ple’s songs and peo­ple would come up to me and en­cour­age me to do my own thing.”

The former pre­sen­ter on Lets Fix It and cur­rent pre­sen­ter of Kaelo Sto­ries of Hope — which airs on Tues­day at 5.30 pm on — added it would have been sad to die with­out re­leas­ing or per­form­ing any of his ma­te­rial.

Zuma’s songs, most of which are writ­ten in Zulu, carry a strong mes­sage of love, hope and in­spi­ra­tion. The sin­gles On­jen­gawe, Ngimtho­lile and Liya­jika have en­joyed a lot of air­play on na­tional ra­dio sta­tions and the video for On­jen­gawe can be viewed on YouTube.

Zuma’s songs cer­tainly seem to have ave hit the right note, as he as gained a host ost of new fans since the launch of the al­bum, which was recorded with top South African mu­si­cians in Jo­han­nes­burg.

“The re­sponse has been crazy and d amaz­ing,” he said, adding that 2013 will be e a great year for him and that he will be giv­ing ving his fo­cus to mu­sic. “This [al­bum] is my baby. aby. This is the birth of new be­gin­nings.”

Zuma has al­ready launched When n the time is right in Jo­han­nes­burg and is hav­ing a launch in Dur­ban next month, which ch might be fol­lowed by one in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. burg.

When the time is right is avail­able in all mu­sic shops na­tion­ally.

It is pub­lished by Uni­ver­sal, mar­keted rketed by CCP Records and dis­trib­uted by EMI. MI. • Siy­ath­emba.Ben@me­


Joel Zuma has re­leased his de­but al­bum, When the time is right.

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