Ami Faku on working with Emtee: “He brought so much to the song"

Ami Faku.
Ami Faku.

Eastern Cape born singer Ami Faku’s voice captured our hearts when her hit single Into Ingawe and her debut album Imali came out. Many more hits later, the 27-year-old is back with another song that features Hip-Hop artist, Emtee.

Titled Lala Ngoxolo - meaning rest in peace - the song echoes the current mood of the country as we face the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to lose so many lives.

Remembering those we’ve lost with lyrics such as “Sobonana kweli linye ilizwe (we’ll see each other in a different world) and “Akusafani la ma ungekho  (it’s not the same here without you) - Lala Ngoxolo is a  track in which the country can find joy and healing while paying homage to those that have fallen and passed on.

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Gifted with the ability to work with various musical genres, Ami Faku finds her solace in the Modern Afro Pop genre. With influences from the likes of Daniel Caesar and Sabrina Claudio, with a touch of her Xhosa heritage, Ami Faku’s sound is unique and resonates with people from all walks of life.

Speaking to TRUELOVE, Ami Faku says that she channeled the pain of losing loved ones during the pandemic and in previous years for the new song.

“The song was inspired by the pain of losing a loved one. I channelled that while I was writing over an instrumental produced by Lastee," she says. 

"I then thought to myself that the song could do with something more and I thought Emtee would be perfect. That's when I reached out to him."

Ami Faku
Ami Faku.

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She says that she's grateful for what Emtee was able to bring to the song

“I am a big fan of his work and have always pictured myself working with him. We didn't meet formally but there was a lot I picked up from him and he brought so much to the song, which I am truly grateful for. It was a great experience.”

Having accomplished many milestones in 2020 such as winning the Female Artist of The Year Award at the 26th Annual SAMAs, her debut album IMALI going gold as well as being named Deezer’s Most Streamed Female Artist in South Africa for 2019 – Ami Faku says she looks forward to sharing what she’s been working on and seeing how people will receive it in 2021.

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