The Observer (Kampala)

15 November 2012

Uganda: South Africa Singer Zonke to Rock Kampala

South Africa's star Zonke wowed her Kenyan fans with her great Afrosoul music ( Resource: Zonke Performing Live in Kenya

South African songbird Zonke Dikana is set to perform in Kampala next week courtesy of Tusker Malt lager. Zonke is an awardwinning singer, songwriter, and producer born in a family with musical abilities.

Her father was a drummer with Black Slave and Flamingo bands while her step-mother, Anneline Malebo, was part of the group Joy and they both helped to kick-start her musical career.

She incorporates elements of Afro-pop, house and folk music and for this, the beautiful songbird has gone on to win Metro FM award for the best R&B song in 2004 as well as the Channel O Best Video award in 2005.

That was the success of her debut album Soulitary, released by Columbia records in 2004. With her new album called 'Ina Ethe (Give and Take, in IsiXhosa), Zonke is attempting to break all rules.

Set for release towards the end of the year, the album got her nominated in five categories for the 18th Annual South African Music awards, winning the Best African Adult Album category for Ina Ethe.

She has worked as a back-up singer for Bongo Maffin and has continued making hits for other people like Mafikizolo, Don Laka, Black Coffee, and Guffy Pilane, among others. Lovers of dance infused soul music will undoubtedly fall in love with Zonke's sound. She will perform at Emin Pasha on November 23 at an invite-only event.

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