Zoë Modiga's "Inganekwane" reflects on the myth of blackness

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Zoë Modiga's Ingabekwane sees the singer-songwriter embracing her mother-tongue. (Photo: Tatenda Chidora)
Zoë Modiga's Ingabekwane sees the singer-songwriter embracing her mother-tongue. (Photo: Tatenda Chidora)

Language births identity. Ngasincela ebeleni, for example, is an isiZulu saying that refers to "the language was breastfed to me as a child". It’s an expression of pride in both the language, and the identity it carries. I am reminded of this whilst speaking to singer Zoë Modiga, whose sophomore album Inganekwane (Myth) drops today, 26 June 2020. 

Comparing it to her debut Yellow: The Novel, Modiga says the follow-up is "more intentional about being a love letter to blackness". With this album, the singer-songwriter fully embraces her native tongue, something she admittedly, has not always been comfortable doing.

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