It’s all about her now. When Ami Faku released Into Ingawe with Sun-El Musician, she had no idea how big it would be.
Now the musician has won her first South African Music Award (Sama) – for female artist of the year – and she couldn’t be more thrilled.
Winning the Sama after Into Ingawe had gone double platinum was just extra icing.
It’s only the beginning, she says.
“Every day I’m smiling because of the award. It has made me more motivated and I’m very happy about it. I feel like I’m doing something right – it’s confirmation that I should continue being authentic. I don’t need to be anyone or anything else but myself. I’m very thankful and grateful, and I really hope I make people proud,” she tells DRUM.
“Over the past year –when I dropped my first single – I feel as though there has been a lot of growth. It was part of my dreams to get this far. I see myself going further, I have no limitations because I know the world has a lot to offer. This is just the beginning.”
While her star is shining brightly, that doesn’t mean the 27-year-old hasn’t felt the financial strain brought on by the Covid-19 lockdown, which has made the lives of artists unbearable these past five months.
“The lockdown has been very difficult financially. As musicians we make more money through performances. It has been a difficult time, but I try to stay positive by creating music, listening to music and being inspired. Sometimes the experience of life gives me hope and it generates content for my music. The lockdown has made me appreciate life more than I did before, I see that life is more fragile than I thought.
“In my career I have learnt there is never a time to relax because you constantly need to create new material. It’s a very demanding career – I didn’t realise it was this demanding. It’s demanding 24/7, not just five days a week. It has been more difficult than I expected.”
Ami says she’s working on new music despite being under lockdown, but she’d like to take her time without any outside pressure.
“I don’t want to say much about it, but I want to be allowed to cruise and make music whenever it feels right to me without feeling pressured by the public. I am in the studio, and I will be releasing when I feel ready.”