Zahara, Bangani in PE with new albums

Yoliswa Sobuwa

EASTERN Cape award-winning singers Zahara and Ntando Bangani were in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday to promote their latest offerings.

Sporting her trademark afro Zahara, 24, said she was excited about her second CD, Phendula, which has been well received since being released four weeks ago.

“This album is a prayer for Africa. When I released [first CD] Loliwe I travelled all around Africa and Loliwe introduced me to South Africans but I am taking this one to Africa,” she said. “People have been comparing Loliwe and my second CD. Loliwe went platinum after 30 days but with this one, it went platinum after two weeks.”

Zahara, of East London, said she was impressed when she started the Phendula tour in Cape Town that people were already singing songs from the new album.

She said she would return to the Friendly City next month. “I will be performing at The Boardwalk on December 8. I want to close this tour on a high note, at home.”

Bangani, 31, of Fort Beaufort, was also impressed with how his 13-track album Monday to Sunday had been received. Released about three weeks ago, the album includes a track dedicated to the late Brown Dash and his rendition of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song.

“I called it Monday to Sunday because it encourages boyfriends and husbands to love their partners every day of the week. I also did different genres so people will be able to enjoy the CD any time of the week. It has been well received and people are showing appreciation,” Bangani said.

“This is a must-have CD my fans will enjoy. Track 13 Lala Kahle [Rest in Peace] which features Mzekezeke, Robbie Malinga, Brickz and Sashman, is dedicated to Brown Dash, who passed away in May last year.”

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