Rozalla relishes career revival

HARARE - Rave queen Rozalla Miller (51) is confident that her latest single If You Say It Again, which is currently enjoying a good run on the US Billboard Charts, will reaffirm her status as a global star.

The Zimbabwe-bred musician, who was born in the Zambian city of Ndola, told the Daily News on Sunday that If You Say It Again was destined to be a hit but was unwilling to comment on whether it would replicate the global success attained by her 1991 hit Everybody’s Free To Feel Good.

“I think my song (If You Say It Again) has the potential to go all the way, as I feel it’s a great track with fantastic mixes. As far as it reaching the levels of
Everybody’s Free To Feel Good, it’s hard to say what heights it would get to. But so far I’m happy with the result,” said Rozalla.

Everybody’s Free To Feel Good reached number six on the United Kingdom Singles Chart in 1991 and was also a top 10 hit in many European countries in the same year. The
song, which remains her biggest hit to date, also achieved considerable success on the Billboard Top 40 charts.

Rozalla, who was the opening act during Michael Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour in 1992, insists that she still has the energy to continue pursuing her passion for

“To continue making music, which is what I love and doing live performances all across the world,” she said.

“I have been song writing, busy doing club dates, TV shows and travelling around the world doing these things. And I’ve also done a duet with a fantastic artiste
called Kaz (part of Zimbabwean music duo Bkay & Kazz) and the song is called Shakin through the Night.”

Rozalla shot down suggestions that her music career lost momentum after her contract with giant music label Sony ended.

“I don’t agree having had a lull in my career is due to no longer being signed with Sony. I’ve been fortunate to have continued working with terrific songwriters and
producers and as for live work, it’s been constant and I’ll always be grateful for that,” she said.

“I currently don’t have a deal with a major label at the moment, but there are some exciting offers on the table that I’m looking at.”

Despite the fact that she was born in Zambia, the United Kingdom-based Rozalla still considers Zimbabwe as her home.

“I’d love so much to have a showcase in Zimbabwe, which is home,” she said.

She also revealed that she was still very much in touch with the Zimbabwean music scene.

“My favourite Zimbabwean artistes were Andy Brown and Hilton Mambo, may they rest in peace. I have been listening on my app TuneIn, to Zimbabwe stations and the talent
of music is absolutely fantastic,” said Rozalla.

Predictably, Zimbabwe-bred queen of rave, who was a supporting act during Billy Ocean’s tour of the United Kingdom in 2009, regards her world tour with Michael Jackson
as the highlight of her career.

“Being a support act for The Great Michael Jackson, I would say was definitely one of the highlights of my career,” she said.

Rozalla’s studio albums include Everybody’s Free (1991), Look No Further (1995), Coming Home (1998) and Brand New Version (2009).

The Zimbabwe-bred star  all came up with various compilation albums that included Everybody’s Free-Style  Remixed To Perfection (1993), Feelin’ Good’ (1998), Best of
Rozalla Miller (2003) and Everybody’s Free (Special Edition with DVD) in 2004.

But Rozalla, who is married and does not have any children, refused to single out her best album to date.

“I don’t have any favourite as they’re all unique to me and I’m proud of the albums,” she said.

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