MUSIC: Award winning singer Zahara wins yet again.
Zahara is among the most decorated acts we have in the country and she has just won yet another award. She walked away with the Best Female Artist for East and South Africa at the African Entertainment Awards USA (AEAUSA).
Now in it's fifth year, the AEAUSA awards recognise musical talents across 30 categories. Speaking to us from her home where the singer and songwriter is enjoying some much needed rest, Zahara explains how happy she is to still be winning awards.
“Winning this award in 2020, a year that we all want to just scratch off, is a blessing. This year has taught us so many things with this pandemic and people dying. So I guess now we know who we are, and what we are up for. So this win is OMG” she says.
She managed to keep her spirits up during this difficult year for artists who were unable to perform as regularly as they once did. “God has kept me safe and has given me strength. My whole family kept me going actually, everyone is just on my side.”
She prides herself on being an achiever and loosely quotes the street poet and philosopher Jay Z.
“Check the scoreboard, numbers don't lie. I'm still breaking records, it does still matter to me. I am not doing things to win but when you receive an accolade you know you're doing something right. It feels good, still.”
She has reportedly shunned the idea of being a hit-maker even though she is not unaccustomed to things like penning the best song of the year as was the case with her breakout hit Loliwe in 2011.
“I am not here to make hits, I am here to tell my story. I was never here for hits but to inspire and to give hope. This is the reason when I drop an album, everyone has their own picks of the favourite song on it.”
She says she could make hits at will if she so decided. Her plans for the holidays involve avoiding Covid-19 and getting ready for the new year.
“I am not working this season because of Covid so I'll be spending it with my family. I mean yeah we broke but spending time with my family enriches me and fulfills me.”
She gets excited when talking about her plans for the new year.
“You just wait and see. We have lots coming including my album.”
Her new album is complete and could be released whenever Zahara feels ready.
She lists Berita, Nomcebo and Msaki as some of her favourite artists of the year despite being an old soul and still enjoying Miriam Makeba.