Five minutes with… Zahara!
The guitar-strumming, beloved singer-songwriter Zahara is back with a new album titled Country Girl. The new album went gold, which means it sold 20,000 (or more) units, and within the first 20 hours of its release no less! We caught up with Zahara after a lively performance on Georgie in the Afternoon to chat about Country Girl and the power of her fans.
Your third album has just gone platinum after only two weeks, how does that feel?
I’m so excited and I feel blessed. I promise you, I feel like ndisikelelekile — I’m one of the artists that are so blessed. I always say it has nothing to do with my voice — many people sing out there, others play guitar better — but I feel God has trusted me with this talent, to take care of it. People who support my work believe in me, not just my music.
What does it mean to have a fanbase that is supportive and always hungry to hear from you?
My fans really believe in me, with Country Girl, we didn’t even have a single out! They didn’t hear anything but have trusted me; they trusted that I would come out with something that will inspire their lives.
What’s the state of mind of this album?
I won’t lie to you, I was a punching bag for quite a while in the media in 2014. My brother passed on. But I’m telling you, I came out stronger from there. Even when these things happen… I guess that’s why I have the best album ever.
Destiny [from her first album Loliwe]: every time I listen to it I’m reminded I’m not here for the fame or money. I wanted to inspire people, so I know where I’m going.
What’s the process of making a Zahara album?
I write every day. I don’t write with an album in mind. Whatever I experience, whatever I see — when I get inspired I write.
With Country Girl, we were in the studio for three months. The process of preparing, laying down tracks, writing and taking them to Bhut’ Robbie [producer, songwriter and Zahara collaborator, Robbie Malinga] to see which ones would be suitable.
But as I said, I don’t write to make hits, I write to inspire. I guess that’s why people love my albums and play each one from the first to the last track.
Who were the core collaborators?
From Loliwe, Phendula and now to this third album, my producer has always been Bhut’ Robbie Malinga. I only collaborated with him on this one. I wanted to bring people back and remember who I am. “Country girl” means I am intombi yaselalini [rural girl], the soul in me. It will always be there.
Listen to Zahara’s live performance on Georgie in the Afternoon here!
You can catch the show every afternoon, Mondays to Fridays from noon to 3pm on Kaya FM 95.9 in Gauteng.