Lungi comes back boldly

2015-11-12 06:00
Lungiswa Plaatjies, is due to released her fourth album in January.  Mbongiseni Maseko

Lungiswa Plaatjies, is due to released her fourth album in January. Mbongiseni Maseko

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Lungiswa Plaatjies of Nonkala hit is set for a comeback on music scenes, but this time with a changed sound which has an element of deep house music mixed with her Mbira music.

Lungiswa is going to drop her fourth album titled Ndiyahamba in January.

The album was borne after she decided to give DJ Monks, whose real name is Mongameli John, a chance to do an album with him as he has been asking to work with her for a long time.

“He approached me long time ago, but I kept on putting him on hold. I was so sceptical about doing a house music album. I then agreed to give it a try even though I had that ‘but’ in my mind. I have a big love for traditional music and I did not want to lose that kind of sound. My previous albums were about me, but this one is about experimenting,” Lungiswa said.

They used African instruments to record the album.

The album featured Madosini Latozi Mpahleni, Mama Madosini as she is better known by her fans, and DJ Makhekhe, whose real name is Mncedisi Peleue.

Mama Madosini is featured on track five, Solal’emaweni while DJ Makhekhe is featured on track seven which is titled Umqokoz’obomvu.

Lungiswa said Mama Madosini “was dancing and excited” after hearing the end product of the song.

The album, which is now complete and ready to hit the shelves, was recorded in Stellenbosch under Lungiswa Plaatjies Music/Kapadoo Productions.

Lungiswa, who was born in Langa, recorded her first album, Ekhaya, in England, in 2000.

She was then approached by Don Laka after Nonkala, which was on her first album, won his heart and asked her to re-record the song and make it a cover version for her second album.

“My fans are still calling me and ask where they can get my second album, Nonkala, as it is no longer available in all music stores. That makes me very sad, but I have to move-on with life as an artist. I also do not know why it is not available,” she added.

She also worked with Madala Kunene, the late Busi Mhlongo and many other prominent music legends.

She was nominated for an SA Music Award (SAMA) in 2002.

Her unique music has since paved her way to tour Switzerland, Brazil England and other overseas countries.

Her third album, Mamelani, did not see the light of success as she claims it was “not marketed”.

She has also been approached by Neo Muyanga, of Blk Sonshine, who asked to work with her on her theatre play called, The flower of Shembe, in 2012.

She also worked on another theatre play called Tempest, the Shakespear story with John Kani, which was in Baxter Theatre and also was staged in England for two months, in 2010. Lungiswa is now ploughing back to her community by transferring her skills to children who are interested in music and dance through a programme known as Project Playground.

She is also a member of Langa Arts Association and also involved in rehabilitating offenders and ex-offenders through Ilitha Lokhanyo project.

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