Message of love, hope and inspiration
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 e.tv — 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.
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Joel Zuma has released his debut album, When the time is right.