It's been a long, tough year and it's not even over. People have lost their loved ones to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and thousands have been left jobless.
It's been a bleak time for everyone, including singer and songwriter Naima Kay (30). But she's looking at positives.
She lost a close friend and colleague, Pheko Kgengoe, from a Covid-19 related illness. “This year has been tough on everyone and we all just need to breathe and not be too hard on ourselves,” she says.
In her latest song Imimoya, the KwaZulu Natal born vocalist turns to her maker for answers.
“Imimoya (Spirits) is a gospel house song. It speaks about the daily adversities of the world we live in from woman abuse, child abuse, fake prophets, hatred. It’s my cry to the higher power to have mercy on the human race and give us a second chance,” she says.
"With the bad fighting the good, we plead to the mediator to fix all that is wrong. It is only the creator of the world that essentially settles evil against the good,” she adds.
Naima says the song was inspired by all that happened this year, but also by what she has overcome in the past couple of years.
In 2019 Naima lost her aunt, grandfather, and stepmother. “There was a time when I felt down and hopeless and only my spirituality got me out of that rut,” she says. “I lost weight, I was sad and felt nothing was going right for me, but my faith kept me alive,” she says.
“This song is to motivate people that even in good and bad times, keeping your faith alive is the only thing that can save you.”
She's also experienced some heartbreaks, which she had packed in the back of her mind. She was not happy in relationships.
“I have had my fair share of heartbreaks and it's okay. I am now in a good and healthy relationship,’” she says. “To be honest, I have never experienced this much happiness in a relationship in a long time.
“There is trust, faith, and most importantly accountability."
Naima says although she wants to keep her mystery man away from the media, all will soon be revealed as he is also in the music industry.
“He is a singer like me, but he is still working on his sound, so he understands the industry I work in is not easy. Of course, relationships are never easy, there are ups and downs, but we are both committed to making it work,” she says.
In her upcoming album titled Queen Kay due for release in January 2021, Naima dedicates one song to her partner.
“I wrote the song as a token of my appreciation to him for his unconditional love and support. He has been very understanding in my career path and even in the hard times; he has supported me, so I had to pour my heart the best way I know how,” she adds.
Her album will feature local artists and is produced by Mondli Ngcobo. “I grew up in church and my sound is always motivated by pain, love, healing, and spirituality. Everything I write is from my personal experience and those close to me for us to find healing,” she says.
“But right now, I am happy, I am back to performing again and all I ever wanted was for me to be happy and to touch souls with my music, the rest is up to God.”