Sunday World

R&B hitmaker strolls back to her first love

Khanyo makes a sharp U-turn after 10-year break

- By Sandile Motha sandile@sundayworl­

Early ’90s Afropop and R&B music sensation Khanyo Maphumulo believes she still has what it takes to mesmerise Mzansi music lovers.

The Just Us hitmaker was once a household brand, serenading audiences with her soothing sounds. After 10 years away from the music scene, she is back with a new offering titled Khumbulekh­aya. The song tells the story of deadbeat dads who neglect their parental responsibi­lities, forcing children to suffer irreparabl­e emotional scars.

“I’m sending a message to fathers that whatever conflicts you might have with your partner, continue to love your children unconditio­nally. We have too many children who are drug addicts because they miss fatherly love,” Maphumulo told Sunday World.

She said she also took a break from the music scene to focus on her acting career and has been featured in awardwinni­ng plays such as Hair and Vibrating Africa.

“It’s not easy to release an album, it needs to come from the heart, especially if there’s nothing that inspires you. Sometimes for me it’s better to wait than to release an album that would not sell or have meaning. The album talks about love and prayer, and it has an African sound with a mixture of maskandi and Afropop. The album caters for the young and old,” she said.

The 14-track album is already enjoying airplay on various radio stations.

Maphumulo has an illustriou­s music career that started at the tender age of 13 as a lead vocalist for Sarafina, a musical drama telling the story of 1976 Soweto students uprising.

She has collaborat­ed with South Africa’s greats such as Hugh Masekela, Juluka, Ringo Madlingozi, Busi Mhlongo, Caiphus Semenya, including internatio­nal artists Simply Red, Oleta Adams and Angelique Kidjo.

Songs such as Just Us and Isondo featuring Culo De Song continue to receive standing ovations.

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Khanyo Maphumulo believes she still has what it takes to serenade her fans.

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