One of the most amazing things whenever I watched Ringo Malingozi's performances was this energetic and captivating backing singer/dancer Ndoh Dlamini.
Fast forward to now, and that amazing character has dropped her debut album, "Sekusile". As if to validate who she is as an artist and her strong vocal capabilities, the album has picked up a Metro FM Music Award 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album' nomination.
The album opens with the Sipho "Malambule" Sithole (Thandiswa, Siphokazi, Zuluboy, Lebo Mathosa) produced eye-opening epic title track. Showcasing an amazing guitar riff and driving percussions, it's as if it was made to be an announcement of a new dawn in the music industry, and boy ...it's remarkable. Malambule is also on hand to helm the beat of the drum led and emphatically brilliant "Giya". True to its nature and the stuff that people take pride in, the driven track compels one to move in strides and inspires celebratory moments. Don't hold back, and get taken back in the day and sing along to the song's emancipating traditional 'Sizogiya la, sishaye lengoma, sizogiya la, sishaye lengoma...'.
Lawrence Matshiza (Judith Sephuma, ) contributed with four tracks to the set including the comforting and rhythmical perky "Say you love me" and the powerful & poignant "Umoya" gives abandoned kids a voice and the need to take care of them. "Ntate wa lapeng" is an honest love-gone-awry song that speaks volumes and Ndoh is longing for lost love on the groovy jazz track "Izintab'Ezingumasithela". Love the way Ndoh changes tone on the two latter tracks.
One of SA's ignored talent Bheki Nqoko lends his hand with the torchy "Ezakwantu", which creates a yearning for blacks to go back to their ways and be proud of who they are. Bheki also makes his presence felt on "Oncam' Mnce". Sad as the song's subject is, it somehow makes up for that with its emotive harmonies and passionate delivery that can't be denied.
She takes matters in her own hands in the vibrant and warm "Uthando", also pays tribute to retired statesman Mandela, with the gradually building up remake Brenda Fassie's "Black President", which burst into a groovy and celebratory summit and closes off the set with the spirited "Abangoma".
Hayi, 'Siyavuma' (we agree), this album is stupendous. By Mandla Motau