Zahara sings in Shona again

HARARE - Award-winning South African songstress Zahara included Shona lyrics in the song Umsebenzi Wami, off her latest studio album Mgodi.

Zahara’s latest album, which was released last week, was certified gold within six hours of its release. Warner Music South Africa’s marketing director, Adrian King told TshisaLIVE the album sold over 16 700 physical copies and hundreds of digital ones within the first 24 hours of release. For an album to be certified gold, it has to sell 15 000 copies.

Umsebenzi Wami is a love track sang in the artiste’s native language Xhosa as well as Shona.

Part of the Shona lyrics go: “...ndinoda kunzwa mashoko ako...nditendere ndione chiso chako...muviri wangu unomerera, chiuya kwandiri undinyaradze...”

Unlike last time when she featured George Munetsi on the hit Incwad'Encane, Zahara did not collaborate with any Zimbabwean artiste. She delivered the Shona lyrics herself.

The Loliwe hit-maker is not the first South African artiste to include Shona lyrics in her songs. This list includes Yvonne Chaka Chaka who released a Shona song called Kana Uchema over a decade ago. Another South African songstress Winnie Khumalo and Zimbabwean artiste Lynol Siwela collaborated on the song Muteuro.

The most popular song with Shona lyrics is arguably Into Yami on which South African star Ringo Madlingozi featured Zimbabwean music star Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi.

It is not surprising that Zahara has opted to include Shona lyrics again. In 2012 her duet with Munetsi landed several awards including the Best Collaboration gong at the Channel O Music Video Awards. Zahara, who has won 17 SA Music Awards (Samas) for her past three albums, has also performed in the country on several occasions where she shared the stage with a number of artistes including Oliver Mtukudzi, Alexio Kawara, Jah Prayzah and Alec Macheso among others.

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