Ntsiki’s album is about healing
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.