Zahara promises ‘awesome’ performance
THE sensational Zahara is set to perform in Bloemfontein next Friday as part of her 11-city tour to promote her latest album, Phendula, the star confirmed this week.
The 25-year-old musicians was last on stage in the Free State capital during the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe) at which she thrilled revellers with hits from her debut album that has turned her into one of South Africa’s biggest artists within a short two years.
“The last time I was in Bloemfontein was during Macufe and I am looking forward to another awesome performance,” Zahara told the Free State Times this week.
The award-winning singer’s new album, Phendula, has been flying off the shelves since it was released in October.
Zahara is excited about her new work, but the Eastern Cape-born star says she is not overly concerned whether or not the latest release would surpass the success enjoyed by her debut album, Loliwe, which proved a massive hit as it went platinum in 13 days and double platinum after just 17 days.
Loliwe became the second fastest selling South African album in history behind the late Brenda Fassie’s Memeza.
Songs likely to be big hits from Zahara’s new 14-track album include Phendula, Impilo Inzima, Indlela, Bomi Endibuziyo and Brighter Day.
She said recording the album had afforded her the opportunity to improve as a songwriter and while in the process learning from seasoned artists like Mzwakhe Mbuli, popularly known as the People’s Poet, as well as Nigerian musician 2Face who feature on some of the tracks.
The Phendula tour has already seen Zahara performing before capacity crowds in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Her Bloemfontein fans get their turn next Friday at the Showgrounds.
Zahara’s manager TK Nciza of TS Records said the 11-city tour was important to “take her to the people and making her more accessible without waiting for promoters to book her”.
“We wanted to move away from fans getting to see her only during main festivals,” Nciza told the Free State Times this week.
“Some have not bought yet (Zahara’s new album) and I am sure after the performance, they will appreciate the work she has put into the project and go out and support her work.”