Ntando on releasing his 9th studio album and showing gratitude to his ancestors

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Afro- pop soul singer Ntando Bangani performs during the Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk at Union Buildings on December 07, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Afro- pop soul singer Ntando Bangani performs during the Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk at Union Buildings on December 07, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.
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A lot of things have changed since Ntando Bangani joined the music industry many years ago, but this hasn't deterred him from pursuing his dreams. He’s gearing up to release his 9th studio album titled, Camagu, next week.

The singer tells TRUELOVE that he chose the title, Camagu, for his upcoming album as a way of thanking his ancestors for everything they have done for him.

The love I have for what I do is what has kept me sane
Ntando

“Choosing this title is my way of expressing gratitude to my ancestors for all their blessings, and for keeping me in this industry – brutal and unstable as it is – for so long,” he says.

Ntando adds that he’s grateful for surviving all these years in this tough industry and that many of his peers were not that lucky.

“The love I have for what I do is what has kept me sane. And, of course, the need to make a living has also been a driving force in my career, which is why I will never give up. Not many people get to enjoy a long career in the music industry.”

Afro-pop singer Ntando.

Ntando says it took him a year and a half working on the album and he’s confident that he has given it his all.

“The production and engineering on the album is on point, and I’ve also worked with Nhlanhla Nciza on one of the songs. I’m sure the fans are going to love it because it’s a treat,” he says.

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He admits that things have changed in the music industry and like the rest of the people, he’s still trying to get used to the new way of doing things.

“Things have evolved since I started my career. For example, there are no longer physical CD sales. Everything is digital now and we are still trying to familiarise ourselves with these new platforms. When I started out, my album was recorded on a cassette and now things are completely different.”

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