Two minutes with Siphokazi Maraqana

By Drum Digital
06 October 2014

Yes I am rural and I love it- Siphokazi.

Sama award winning singer Siphokazi Maraqana spoke to DRUM on music, married life and being a mother.

What are you currently up to?

I am busy recording my 4th studio album. I just released a single off that album called Love Too Deep.

There were media reports not so long ago saying you have moved from Joburg...

Really? I haven’t moved from Joburg. I am still here. Since 1999 when I came here I haven’t gone back to stay home in the Eastern Cape. I visit home yes but not stay there.

How is married life going, having been married for 3 years so far?

Its a school but a good school. I would like to see more of what God has in store for me in this school of marriage. We have our challenges and ups and downs like every couple but we invite God in such situations and we trust God to keep us together.

What things surprised you about being married? Things you didn’t expect getting in?

I knew we would have kids but when they came I was surprised at how my life changed. One minute I was Siphokazi alone with my husband and now I had to adjust to being a mother. That came with a lot of compromise and sacrifice that I wasn’t ready for initially.

Another thing is getting to know my husband. Literally every day I learn new things about him since we got married. I still get surprised at some of the things I find out about him and it makes me realise that it takes lifetime to know someone.

What did you do right to still be in the music industry for this long?

I have always been myself. That is what has helped me. I have had challenges with people saying I am too rural...

Do you think you are rural?

Yes I am rural and I love it. People wanted me to change but I never did. I even had a time when people scolded me for reading ‘thank you’s’ from a paper when I was receiving an award. I felt that was silly because I have seen many big stars overseas do it.

What do you want your legacy to be...

I want to leave a legacy of love through my music. Love in all its forms from the love of God, friendship love to romantic love. I believe in love and I don’t take it for granted. We as people should love each other more.

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