Sista Flame bounces back

HARARE - Sista Flame, who once worked with illustrious artistes such as the late Chiwoniso and Andy Brown, has released a 10-track album titled Love Sweat Fears which was recorded at Mob Entertainment and Bhundu Records.

The Karoi-born and Bulawayo-bred sista Flame is confident that the album, released last week, will help her bounce back on the music scene.

“I was busy raising my children. You know they love their mother but I am happy that they are all grown up. Now it’s time to return to the stage,” she told the Daily News.

Sista Flame, who was born Fortunate Matenga, hopes the themes she tackled on the just-released album will resonate with music fans.

“I touched on three key issues that affect life and these are love, sweat and fear. As for love, I was referring to love that exists between families among other types of love.

“I also tackled general fears that affect people, particularly the fear to lose someone or something as well as the fear to be labelled in society,” she said.

Interestingly, Sista Flame said she sang mostly in English as part of her efforts to grow out of her fears of singing in a language which is not her mother tongue.

“Throughout my career, I have always been encouraged to sing in my native language but on this album, I managed to break free from the fear of singing in English. I have just learnt to follow what I want,” she said.

Songs on the album include Ngadinga, Moyo Wangu, Only You (Mhamha), Falling, Shame, Break Ups and Make Ups, Too Late, Mafemele, Music Is My Life and Treasure.

She credits poet-cum-musician Albert Nyathi for introducing her to the world of professional music.

“I was discovered by Albert Nyathi while I was still living in Bulawayo where I grew up. From then on, I worked with different bands including Andy Brown and The Storm, Ruvhuvhuto Sisters, Chiwoniso Maraire, Willom Tight and Dino Mudondo among others,” said Sista Flame, whose previous albums are The Road and The Flame of House.

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