Golden start to year

Thulani Gqirana

MULTIPLATINUM-selling songstress Zonke Dikana attributes her first live concert DVD’s gold status to the unwavering support of her many fans.

The Port Elizabeth-born singer started the year on a high note, with Give and Take Live achieving gold – 20000 sales – barely two months after it was released.

The Jik’izinto singer said yesterday that while she had expected the DVD to do well, reaching gold status so soon came as a surprise.

“Seeing that my album Ina Ethe had gone double platinum [40000 sales] in 12 months, I was expecting some good news regarding the DVD but not as soon as two months.

“I feel extremely blessed that people recognise hard work and embrace my music, and as a result they go and support me in large numbers.

“I literally pour all of me into my music, so when people show their support in this way I am rewarded deeply. Thank you, this appreciation is the highest reward for me,” she said.

Give and Take Live was conceptualised by Dikana, who also composed and musically directed the entire show. It represents her entire body of work from the albums Life, Love ‘n Music and Ina Ethe. The DVD was recorded live at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg last year.

“I can honestly say this was probably the most sincere live performance where I felt the audience, their support and receptivity – hence the title Give and Take Live. There was an honest exchange between myself and the audience and this made it so much more meaningful.”

Her favourite songs on the DVD are Nomanyange, Say Now and Viva.

The DVD includes tracks like Nomanyange, Viva The Legend, Uzondilinda, Thank You for Loving Me, Ina Ethe and her song from her new album, Say Now.

Dikana, who performed at two sold- out shows in Port Elizabeth in November, has big plans for this year including her Give ‘N Take tour and a studio recording later this year.

“I will also be spending quite a bit of time in the US establishing my presence there in the form of collaborations.

“I will also be working on a new album later this year due to be released in 2015,” she said.

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