Ntsiki Mazwai has eliminated the Twitter rants and let her music do the talking as she gets ready to release her most “mature” album yet.
Ntsiki is putting the complete touches to her most recent album, set for release in April, and recently shot the music video for her first single off the album. The shoot was unique because no person was wearing a weave to feature on it.
“I am trying to empower black people with this album. Everyone I have worked with, from the artwork to the production, is from Soweto. Africans need to stand up for themselves and realise we can do things for ourselves. I have always been committed to Africans celebrating themselves and being African. I have a problem with white-affiliation meaning success, so part of my journey is to show the beauty of Africanness.
“Celebrating women being their natural selves will do more for the African child than anything else. We need to stop people aspiring to wear weaves and aspire to wear their hair naturally. These themes, and themes of black consciousness and love, come through in the album.”
It has been a long time since Ntsiki last released an album and she said the break she took from the industry to study and persue different ventures developed her.
“I am growing. I am maturing. It is becoming more important that people I am surrounded with need to be elevated as well. I was often seen as a youth on my last album but I have made the transition into a big girl.”
Part of that development was to figure out how to not consider social media too important.
One of her more unstable fights online was with businessman Kenny Kunene, but to many fan’s surprise, the pair who had once exchanged blows on the web, were seen posting together at Kenny’s venue this previous weekend.
Ntsiki said the two were simply working together and that regardless of her feelings towards him, she respected his efforts in engaging young black talent.
“No evolved and mature spirit takes Twitter seriously. Kenny has a right to be himself. I have the right to be myself. We are just two people in a community running business that are compatible. It was the coming together of two black businesses. In that way, I respect him. It is important that black people take ownership of the economy. Just because you do not like a person, doesn’t mean you can’t credit their good work. I really don’t know him well enough.”