After a four-year hiatus from the music industry, Sindi Nene is back! The sultry songstress, best known for her stint as Idols SA 2010 Top 3 contestant, will be releasing her self-titled album, Sindi, under Arthur Mafokate’s 999 Music label, this month.
In a bid to conquer the music world once again, Sindi started working with 999 Music in July 2017 and will release the full album of thirteen tracks on iTunes towards the end of November 2017, with the hardcopy to be released in early 2018.
Sindi rose to instant fame in 2010 as a contestant on M-Net’s reality talent search, Idols SA. A firm favourite of the judges with rave reviews for her vocal abilities, she landed a deal with Universal Music Records soon after. Sindi also signed under the Universal Music Publishing Group, releasing her debut album, INFINITE, under the same label.
This latest project is a Neo-Soul album produced by Wash Mahlangu, an in-house producer for record label, 999 Music, with Sindi as the author and composer of the work and Arthur Mafokate as the executive producer. It has an eclectic mix of Soul, RnB, Pop, Hip hop and Jazz elements, fused with Sindi’s big voice, which has often been compared to the late musical legend, Brenda Fassie. Fans can expect to get to know Sindi in every track – lover, fighter, believer, sister, friend and feminist.
“Arthur showed so much passion, dedication and determination to see this album’s production through; I was inspired by his work ethic every day and I’ve never had that with any record label,” says Sindi.
“For the first time in years I’ve managed to create an album that reflects who I really am. Vocally my tone is different, with just the right mix of colour and diversity to add a unique element to each track. It was often challenging to come up with the right lyrics and storylines, but I surprised myself with the ability to write and compose many original, authentic stories that could inspire, change, improve, or shine a light on issues in our country,” she adds.
Every track on the album has a story that would resonate with South African citizens; especially women. Amalungelo was inspired by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution; Amandla tells the story of female empowerment; Ikhaya Lethu talks about the abuse, trauma and dangers that young South African women have been facing recently; Missing You was inspired by her grandmother passing away; while the more light-hearted Dedela is about letting go and having fun with friends.
Dedela, the first single from the album, is currently enjoying airplay on all major radio stations, with the music video rotating on MTV Base. Peep the preview below!
Top five Idols Give It Their All
Nosipho bows out of Idols after a nod from Matthew Knowles.
After 11 million votes over the past week, the Top Five contenders for the SA Idols crown have been announced – and Nosipho is not be among them. The 18-year-old took her final bow after getting the least votes; but not before receiving a vote of confidence from none other than Beyoncé’s dad and Destiny’s Child architect Matthew Knowles, who was a guest judge on tonight’s show.
Those left performed two songs each under the theme How It Should Have Been Done. The contestants took butchered songs by Wooden Mic contenders and showed Mzansi how they should have been done.
First up was Thando, who sang Jennifer Hudson’s Spotlight and Weakness In Me by Keisha White. Randall felt the “depth of feeling” was going to keep her in the competition for at least another week. Unathi called her performances bright and luminescent. Somizi and Matthew advised her to bring more energy into her performance instead of relying only on her pipes.
Niyaaz took a swing at Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes and Robin Thicke’s Lost Without You. Unathi said she would “love” for someone to sing at her like that every day; Matthew said he’d chosen great songs; Somizi enjoyed himself and Randall said the only thing Niyaaz had to think about was how to pick up the votes from fans of the fallen Idols.
Singing a Beyonce song in front of the man who “made” her must have been nerve-wrecking, but King B got a thumbs up from Matthew for his rendition of Irreplaceable. He also chose Say Something by A Great Big World. Randall offered up some advice along with praises. “There are performances when I think you can win this, and others where you’ve let me down. Consistency at this stage is critical,” he cautioned.
Yanga, whom all the judges predicted would be in the final two, chose What Is Love by the Empire cast and Whitney Houston’s eternal I Will Always Love You. “That was unbelievably beautiful,” proclaimed Somizi. Randall praised her song choices and her “fantastic” interpretation of Whitney’s ever-green classic. “You were a star!” declared Matthew.
Bringing the show to an end was Thato, who seems to be blossoming at just the right time. The judges unanimously declared him the winner of the first round after his performance of The Soil’s Inkomo. He followed it with Imibuzo by Nathi, which brought out profuse praise from Randall. “You are the one performer who sees beyond this competition, and you’ve got the biggest smile of all the contestants.” Unathi said she was imagining his name being called out at a festival, while Somizi said he was memorable.
Now that the number of contestants can be counted on one hand, the heat is seriously on. Fans have their work cut out for them as they fight for their faves to stay in the race.