Zama Jobe returns with new music – ‘I regret going away for too long’

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Zama Jobe is set to release a short Amapiano EP to show her versatility.
Zama Jobe is set to release a short Amapiano EP to show her versatility.

She currently features on Zulu Mkhathini’s album-closing song Ngiyabonga.

Before that, she was on a long break from the music scene. But she's ready to show that in her time away, she's evolved.

Singer and songwriter Zama Jobe Sithole’s voice still sounds as warm and innocent as it did when she entered the music industry at 18 years old. Now 36 years old with two kids, her music still brings back memories of Sunday soul sessions across all radio stations.

But Zama hasn’t released music since 2013. Her last project was Thula Mntwana and the two before that were Journey, Ndoni Yamazndi and Ndawo Yami which have kept her going until now.

“People always ask how I’ve been surviving. But my music has been paying my bills. I’ve been living off royalties, my songs still play on the radio, and once in a while I’ll take a gig and go back to my corner. Luckily, I wrote my own music so I own everything. My music is timeless, and I was able to collect my royalties,” Zama says.

“I’m not living a grand and lavish lifestyle, so I would spread that money out.” Being at home meant more time to bond with her children.

“I got to spend more quality time and be involved in raising my kids. Now, it’s time for me to also prioritize my music while being a great mom.”

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She intentionally took time off from the limelight more than six years ago. 

“I stayed away because I wanted to deal with some personal issues. I didn’t want to have a nervous breakdown in front of people. I chose to stay away and stay in my corner.” 

But she regrets closing herself off to the world and wishes she would have opened up about what was bothering her at the time.

“I just stayed at home to heal I realized I had been healing for too long. I’m only learning now that healing is a journey and not a destination. My friends would advise me that I need to speak and open up, but time went by, and I realized it was seven years since I was released. I took too much time off.”

“If I were to give anyone advice, I’d say, If you’re going through something carry on working. I regret taking too much time away,” she adds. 

“But what’s done is done. Now, I’m focusing on reviving my career and becoming better than what I was before.”

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Coming back into the game means going back to the drawing board.

“Coming back means I have to invest so much in marketing to step up and get back where I was it more open.” 

Zama is strategically planning her comeback. She released her single Bubble of Love a few weeks ago and plans to release an EP in October.

“I am currently working on a four-track Amapiano EP. Many people will be surprised that it is a Yanos project but it’s to show my versatility. But I will be doing Amapiano in my way, my interpretation of Amapiano. The message is strongly based on thanking God. There is a lot that happened to us with the pandemic. I lost family members and I wanted to make Amapiano deep-rooted in prayer and gratitude,” she says. 

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