Zahara tuned in for Buyelekhaya

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Platinum-achieving ‘Mgodi’ album to feature

COMING TO EL: Phumlani-born singing sensation and award- winning artist Bulelwa Mkutukana – more popularly known as Zahara – is heading for the Buyelekhaya Festival at Buffalo Park venue on Sunday Picture: SUPPLIED

The singer from Phumlani outside East London, had her album certified gold in just six hours and went platinum in under 24-hours of its release on October 13. Zahara’s new album was recorded through her own record label MLH – Music Lives Here Records – which she co-owns with Sanele Dlamini, and they have already signed an international distribution deal with Warner Music.

When the GO! & Express spoke to the award-winning artist recently about the bad publicity that has been following her, she simply answered that people were entitled to their opinion and if that was their opinion about her, then so be it.

Zahara said she did not like creating a hype around her albums and that she would rather just release it without having any single tracks.

“I’m not about the fame or making hits. I am just here to tell my story through great music.

“If I wanted to be famous, I would probably have released a single to test the waters and check if people like the sound and see whether or not they would buy the album, but that is not who I am,” she said.

“God is amazing. Releasing my first album under my own record label was all God’s work.

“Being a young girl from the rural areas, I never thought it was possible.

“I thought I would be looked down upon and not be taken seriously. God amazingly proved himself to me.

“I’m not just an artist signed on the record label, it is my company,” she added.

On her latest offering titled Mgodi, Zahara features American Grammy award- winning smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter Kirk Whalum on two of her songs, Umfazi and Ina mvula.

Be sure not to miss her performing live at the Buyelekhaya Music festival at Buffalo Park on Sunday.

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