Ever since her breakthrough, the Mamelodi hitmaker has blessed the music scene with breathtaking vocals. She talks to us about her music career and being part of the VIVONation Festival.
Please tell us about your breakthrough into the music industry.
My breakthrough in the industry happened properly in 2015, but then there was a pre breakthrough in 2014, where I featured in DJ Forte’s album. So in 2015 I dropped the Mamelodi collaboration I had with Junior Taurus in September that year. We released an album called Cotton Candy and ever since then I have been growing so much in the music industry.
Have you always had passion for music?
I grew up in a family of musicians – my family really loves music. Dance music was not that common but we had gospel and R&B. Everything influenced me in some way. I was in choirs tpo, whether it was at church or school. It’s a path that I love and also one that makes me, me.
What inspires your music?
My music is inspired by a lot of things, it is inspired by love and all the things that come with it. I am inspired by everything I see as well, and my personal life plays a very big role in that. I have realised that seeing people dance also makes me happy so whenever I write it’s about both my lyrical content and the beat.
Please tell us about your debut album King Zamar.
My debut album King Zamar, came about after being in a duo with Junior Taurus. I did not like the concept of being in a group. I did not have a problem of doing features, but when the duo came about it took me less than two months to realise that I was not really into it. I don’t like the whole part of not having a voice, or opinion in most of the music I do so I decided to do my own thing. King Zamar was a really painful project because it was full of drama and controversy where a lot of people felt like I was betraying them. So a lot of passion went into the album; a lot of sweat and tears.
How did your collaboration with Junior Taurus come about?
My collaboration with Junior was very simple, I met him in 2011. He was my producer and I was writing and singing, so because we had worked together for so long we figured we might as well put something together.
What are you currently working on in studio?
I am currently working on my second album that will be released sometime in 2019, but I’m still going to be doing features in the meantime. I’m putting together a very big strategy of how to put out my music in the right way. I mean there is a lot of work cut out for us but I just pray and hope that we can achieve this.
You’re always releasing hit songs. What makes a great Lady Zamar track?
As much as I appreciate the concept of a hit, I would imagine it comes from an actual analogy of hitting the nail on its head – like driving the nail into the wood. I have been very adamant about making music and content that is relatable; content that is true and honest. I am very grateful that people think that but I do not consistently release hit songs, I just make music that I would love to listen to and I am really grateful that people like listening to it as well.
What can we expect from Lady Zamar this year?
Watch out for my documentary. It might be boring for others and exciting for the others but it has been a journey for me creating this album. People do not understand the kind of impediments I went through. I was in a duo working towards being a solo artist so what you can expect is that glimpse into my life as it is right now, and how it has come to that point through a documentary. There’s also the Pineapple range, which is my clothing brand. I’ll also be touring in all provinces for live performances.
What can we expect from Lady Zamar at the VivoNation Festival?
The performance is going to be on point as always, I will have my band and dancers. I always strive to give an exceptional performance so even at the #VIVOnation, it will be a great performance for my Zamartians.