'I didn’t wake up one morning and decide actually I’m giving music a break. It was just circumstance' Moneoa

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Moneoa or ‘The Rose’ as she calls herself was a rising star in the music industry with her sultry voice with hits like ‘iSbhanxa’ and ‘Love more than you’ then she kind of went silent. We chat with her on her hiatus and what she’s been busy with.

Where have you been?

I know its cliché saying I was finding myself. I hate that term. But I didn’t disappear on purpose I didn’t wake up one morning and decide actually I’m giving music a break. It was just circumstance; I feel I was put in a position where God had a different plan for me.

So, what happened?

I didn’t want to disappear but my career hit a rocky place, I wasn’t growing anymore it just stagnated and it wasn’t something that I wanted. I had frustrations with my record label and was unhappy with the people in my life. I tried to get myself out of that but I was forced to start exploring myself in a different manner. I hit a low point in my personal life as well, my father passed away, so a lot happened that affected my career. I won’t say I was depressed but I went to a very dark place in my personal life. I got to discover a lot of things about myself in that darkness there was light.

What did you learn about yourself in the time away?

I’ve learnt a lot. I don’t want to insult anyone but this industry is so complex and I think a lot of people focus on the entertainment aspect and being the brand and the star. You shift the focus from yourself and I personally went through that. So I have learnt that there is Moneoa the singer and then there’s Moneoa the person. I shouldn’t go back to being embed in being Moneoa the star and get lost in the fame. I think that is why God did what he wanted me to get back to being myself and find him in the process.

What are you busy with?

I’m in the studio and actually did a song with Black Coffee, but what I don’t understand is why people are so excited because it’s actually our third one. The first song was Pieces of me in the Journey Continues album and the second we did with Lux and now this one, so I’ve been working with Coffee. But I’m also working on my own album as well.

Tell us about the upcoming album?

I’m in the middle of recording my third studio album, it’s currently titled Xhentsa. I have recorded half the album but recording the next half in the next two weeks or so. It’s been incredible. I’m going to share my journey on the album and no longer just R&B but true African sound and indigenous sounding songs. We hoping it’ll be out the end of May or June but it’s a winter album.

How are you feeling now?

I feel I am spiritually ready; I can go into any industry because I am so close to God and so rich in his word. I can take on anything. In this industry you have to be spiritually strong it’s not enough to be confident, to be resilient as a person but spiritually. Cause ‘ukhona uSatana’. I feel like now is the right time to go back into my career because I am so strong and take what comes with it.

You seem in love and beaming?

I’m very in love, it’s actually so shocking. It’s a wow. I grew up with a single mom and just had one notion when it came to relationships and men. I was always the pro-feminist and girls rule the world and I never thought I’d see the day I’d be so weak for a man. It’s unfamiliar territory and I have always been independent so it’s weird. But it’s also beautiful to share yourself with somebody and grow with them, you know? Like they are your person and you theirs, it’s a nice feeling.

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