Makhadzi talks up new album

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Johannesburg - South African dance queen Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona aka Makhadzi of the “Matorokisi” fame has encouraged collaborations between African artists, saying music is richer and sweeter when different cultures are blended.

Makhadzi made the remarks within the context of her “Kokoba (Crawl)” album which features Zimbabwe’s Jah Prayzah as well as South African superstars Moonchild Sanelly, Mampintsha and Sho Madjozi.

“I wanted to show people that we are all Africans and we must unite especially when it comes to our diverse languages, and that we must be one," said Makhadzi.

She added that embracing diversity only served to make music more enriching and helped it reach wider audiences.

“I was trying to show people that I can do any music; I did a song with Moonchild and Team Mosha, Moonchild and Mampintsha. Fans must expect to dance from track number one to the last song because we have been on lockdown and the only thing people want is to dance and good music, so I am giving them the album to dance and have fun."

Of the song she did with Jah Prayzah, she said it would make listeners “dance like there’s no tomorrow”.

Makhadzi also spoke about her relationship with Master KG, who produced “Kokoba” even as their love affair hit rocky waters.

"It's always a good thing to work with him, because when me and him collaborate it's all about talent. He has his own talent and I have mine and we understand each other and everything we touch becomes a hit, and he's the only producer whom I feel like we understand each other," she said.

She was not amused, however, with the lack of privacy accorded to celebrities.

“I only want people to know Makhadzi for her performances and music besides my personal issues but because people already knew about my relationship  there was nothing I can do but my wish is for them to know about my music only," she said of the break-up with Master KG.

In reference to the Click’s advertisement that has in recent weeks caused a storm for denigrating black women’s hair, Makhadzi said African women should learn to be proud of their natural beauty.

"When I saw it to me it gave me more power because I was being me everyday. It gave me a power to show people that we must be proud of ourselves.”

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