The possibilities are infinite

2011-10-15 00:00

“ONE thing I have grown to learn about myself is that I am a story-teller. So much happened in my life at such a young age, which has caused my eyes to be wide open.” This is how Sindi Nene describes her journey through the music industry, which has led to her debut album Infinite, which launched yesterday. Walking away as the third runner-up in season six of Mnet’s reality-show Idols was not the end, but a beginning for the young musician. After her talent was exposed to the world, South Africa’s giant record label, Universal Music, signed her up for a five-album record deal, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“I was very careful when reading the contract because this was a great opportunity for me, which would commit me to more than five years of my life with Universal. I was excited about it, but also very aware that in order for this to work out for me it would require a great amount of work. In this album Universal Music thought it best that they introduce me as an artist and let me find my way, and take it from there,” said Nene.

The studio album features 14 tracks, and producer Thasman will make sure it stays true to Nene’s jazz roots, with a hint of pop music.

“I gained a lot of my musical influences from jazz music, since this is where my musical foundation is based. In the album I fused jazz and pop music simply because they are the types of genres I have been exposed to so far in my music life. I thought that was best way to create music, based on what I have experienced in my life. My songs speak about my life, the life of people around me and those who know the people around me. Describing the album in five words, I would say it’s about love, life, happiness, sadness and truthfulness,” explained Nene.

Viewers who tuned into The Wild on Thursday night would have been treated to Nene performing two of her songs from the upcoming album, Nguwe Wedwa and Goddess. The cameo role saw Nene play herself and being invited to perform at a glitzy function held at Dinaledi Lodge.

“The Wild team approached Universal and asked if I could do a guest appearance, and I jumped at the idea. It was my first time acting and The Wild crew was very welcoming. I got to chat with Connie Ferguson for more than 10 minutes, which was super cool, and I got to catch up with Gail Nkoane while having some lunch,” said an excited Nene.

While the bright lights of the acting world may be seductive, Nene says she is keeping her feet firmly grounded while working in the music world, and is keen to take her career to the next level.

Nene’s debut album Infinite became available in stores yesterday.

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