An accomplished musician with just five years as a Platinum selling and Multi-award winning recording artist in the music industry, Amanda Black re-emerges with a powerful hit single Kutheni Na featuring Multi award-winning musician Da King of Afrikan Rap Kwesta off her forthcoming third album Mnyama. The single also launches the pre-order of the highly anticipated musical offering from the Power star!
An incredible singer, gifted writer known for her vocal prowess, Amanda sings of sorrow, tragedy, mental health and the unfortunate occurrences brought by the global pandemic which has robbed the world of countless lives. Hauntingly beautiful, the singer transports you from a deep melancholy to a place of hope, while Kwesta’s emotive verse details growing pains, his journey and paying homage to his hood as well as the tragic loss of his friend, the legendary HHP.
Produced by Christer Kobedi and Vaughan Fourie, Kutheni Na interrogates our collective faith, bravely facing what is a deep uncertainty in the world. Amanda is known for her hit singles Amazulu, Thandwa Ndim, Ndizele Wena and Vuka among others. Having performed on various stages around the world and worked with distinguished artists, Amanda is a force and Mnyama vividly paints the power in vulnerability and surrender.
“It’s been a tough time for everyone around the world, we have seen a lot of suffering and yet we are still hopeful. We want better days, we have questions and our people do not have answers. We seek healing from the incredulous losses we have experienced during this time and I hope people can find it through my story in Mnyama” Amanda says.
Amanda began singing in church as a child growing up in the Eastern Cape, Amanda learnt to play the guitar at 16 and she studied Music Education at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Amanda knew there was no guarantee that, when she boarded a Greyhound bus headed for Johannesburg, she would return home with a story of success to tell. Too many talented musicians from her home town had made that same journey but had never returned. Still, Black never expected she’d have to expend so much energy standing up for her artistic rights after she’d become one of South Africa’s most popular and awarded artists. There was even a moment when she thought, “what am I doing this for?”.
“The music industry is not what it looks like from the outside, becoming a singer is not what you imagine. It’s a lot harder and a lot deeper. At that time, I asked myself, ‘do you even still love music’. I truly didn’t know if I could continue to keep fighting to be treated with respect and fairness. There was a part of me that thought maybe music should just be a hobby – that I should just return to that happy place where I play my music and sing, for myself, my family and my community and it feels good.” the talented singer says.
But, in spite of feeling helpless and hopeless at times, deep down Black knew that she still adored this thing called music; that the dream she’s always had, of doing something that can change the world and heal people, remained intact. With the release of her sophomore album, POWER, Amanda established her label Afro Rockstar, in partnership with Sony Music.
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Pre-order Amanda Black’s upcoming album Mnyama and get her new single ‘Kutheni Na’ featuring Kwesta here.