Metro FM award nominated songstress who hailing from the Eastern Cape is not just all smiles and a pretty face but a force to be reckoned with.
The South African pop Idols sensation Amanda Black has firmly laid her vocals in thousands of hearts with her electrifying melodies. With her break out song Amazulu which was inspired by her personal journey.
Having been booted out in the top 7 of SA Idols in 2015, Amanda was determined to let her voice be heard once again. When asked if she would know if she would be famous she is answered “yes I knew I’d be famous. I’ve always wanted to be a singer, I dream and live music that’s why I studied music after matriculating. It was a surreal vision for me, I’ve always had a recurring vision where I was in a field, and as I started singing and the flowers started blossoming, I always took it as the flied I was in was my stage and the flowers were my audience.”
The afro-soul songstress who got signed by Ambitiouz Entertainment released her 14 track album titled Amazulu which has smash hits like Amazulu Lila and a heart breaking song titled Separated which is written by Sjava who is also a member of the Ambitiouz Entertainment team. The Album Amazulu went platinum selling more than 40000 copies three weeks after its release.
Here’s how out chat went…….
Who is Amanda Black?
Amanda is free spirited, passionate and out of this world
Who inspires you and why?
My mom because she is strong a strong woman, only now do I realise how strong she is. While growing up I didn’t realise how much sacrifices she did and she deserves a lot from me I mean she is a “G”! I really love my mom, I’m a mommies baby. I see her in her, I look up to her, her advice she gave me over the years only makes sense to me now.
Life after idols? Did you expect to the glitz and glamour or did you realise it all would come to an end after the show
I realised while I was on the show that it would soon come to an end. I started speaking to people who were once on the show and it prepared me for when my time would come to end whether I be booted out or won the competition. For the I was booted out early in the top 10 and I was no longer on TV, I accepted fast that its ending sooner than I hoped.
What was the Inspiration behind the album Amazulu the title track and album?
Amazulu is a journey song in a nutshell. It is a relationship between me and my music and where I want it be, from the disappointment of idols to being told I wasn’t good enough. When I came to Joburg the only person I knew was my cousin and it was hard as I felt like I wasn’t good enough, I had some many doors closed in my face.
The album is a breakdown of the song. I am a 23 year old lady and I have my own personal stories to tell. I brought a lot of my past experiences and shared the stories with songs like Kulomhlaba and Lila. As I grew there were people who changed and I always pray that I don’t change. I’m not only telling my story but the stories of various people I crossed paths with. I get inspired by peoples’ personal stories and I interpret it in my own way.
The album has also topped the iTunes R&B charts, outselling Vusi Nova, Nathi Mankayi and John Legend, among others.
Last week Tuesday Black was nominated 5 times for the 2017 MMAs in the following categories:
– Best RNB single SEPERATED
– New Artist AMAZULU
– Female Album AMAZULU
– African Pop AMAZULU
– Song of the year for AMAZULU