Zonke on her return to music and becoming a pilot

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Zonke's new single was originally her older sister Lulu Dikana’s song, which she sampled and reworked into something new. Photo: DRUM
Zonke's new single was originally her older sister Lulu Dikana’s song, which she sampled and reworked into something new. Photo: DRUM

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Singer and songwriter Zonke has released a new single called Oko, which is set to be in her forthcoming EP. She tells #trending a bit about the project, as well as how she has been keeping busy lately by – among other things – enrolling to become a pilot.

She said:

Things have been good and relaxed. I’ve had time to finish my studio EP and remind myself about what I wanted to do, including becoming a pilot. So, I decided to enrol and went to aviation school, and I’m now a student pilot. Things have been really good since the last time you heard from me.

Her single was originally her older sister Lulu Dikana’s song, which she sampled and reworked into something new. Lulu died in December 2014.


Zonke wanted to commemorate her sister with this piece: “I thought it was it was going to be an extremely sad situation, but I found myself celebrating her and I was very happy for her.

“My single is called Oko [which means ‘since’ in isiXhosa] and is about gratitude. We’ve survived a lot as people, as the world, as individuals and as artists. I’m still alive. I survived Covid-19 and I survived everything. I’m just happy to be a part of this new start. It feels like we are starting all over again as human beings on this earth post-Covid.”

READ: Zonke, Sho stand out at Sama nominations

The songstress responsible for one of the best ballads to emerge from South Africa with the 2013 song Feeling, which won the most gifted female video of the year award at the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, has high praise for the amapiano movement, which her versatility makes her open to experimenting with. She believes the artists working in this genre have put in the work as much as their predecessors in kwaito did, and they deserve to be where they are.

“I’ve always been able to do any kind of sound. I’ve always been able to do soul, R&B, jazz and House. I did an experiment and featured on Oskido’s Bayatheta. I was happy with the outcome and the song was huge. I think versatility is key when it comes to different sounds.”


She has also taken time to enjoy life in between her projects, which has inspired the topic of her EP.

The singer added:

Life in general has always been my inspiration. My own, other peoples’, friends, family, the community, news and whatever is happening ... if it touches me in a certain way, I’m going to write about it. I’m going to talk about it, you know, that’s what art and music are about.

Keep an eye on our #trending pages for a review of her new EP.


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