Nt­siki’s al­bum is about heal­ing

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - AMANDA MALIBA amanda.maliba@inl.co.za

POET and mu­si­cian Nt­siki Mazwai’s lat­est al­bum, The Mas­ter­piece, which she has been work­ing on since Oc­to­ber last year, is now avail­able for down­load on all on­line plat­forms.

The artist said the al­bum was about heal­ing, not only for those who will lis­ten to it, but also for her. She said the al­bum was a re­flec­tion of what is hap­pen­ing in so­ci­ety and, there­fore, it was 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.

“I am heal­ing from ev­ery­thing I am talk­ing about in the al­bum. Be­ing a black woman in South Africa and be­ing scared of men, from sex­ual vi­o­lence, heal­ing from the peo­ple I have lost along the way, all the things that I have not cried about.

“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,” said Nt­siki.

The light at the end of the tun­nel was real­is­ing 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.”

“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.”

Nt­siki im­plores ev­ery­one to sup­port artists and not al­low the deaths of HHP and ProKid to be in vain.

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