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ALBUM REVIEW: Zahara's 'Loliwe'

CHIVIMBISO GAVA | 2011-09-30 00:18:29.0

Zahara Mkutukane has taken the South African music industry by storm with the release of her debut album Loliwe.

The poet, singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist's Afro-soul album features songs in isiXhosa and English.

The opening track, Destiny, has an upbeat tempo with funky acoustics. The song is about how we create our destinies despite struggles.

The title track, Loliwe, has been banging on the airways and has caused a stir on social media sites. In the song, old meets new with instrumentals that combine mbaqanga and contemporary acoustics.

Zahara joins a long list of South African musicians taking local Afro-soul to the world from the old guard like Busi Mhlongo to urban songstresses like Simphiwe Dana and Thandiswa Mazwai. A worthy contender, it is yet to be seen whether her sound can match their longevity.

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