Local act Zuko Vanyaza has released a new track, titled Africa Motherland, inspired by the strife and turmoil the continent has faced, from the genocide in Rwanda to the DRC, the Lybian disaster, political turmoil in Zimbabwe, to gender-based violence in South Africa.
Despite all of the above, the song aims to paint a positive picture of the Motherland rising out of the ashes and sons and daughters of the continent reclaiming their rightful place around the globe.
Zuko’s new release features two talented musicians, Zandile Tlhapi and Pamela Lunguza.
Zandile, who hails from Port Elizabeth and is now based in Khayelitsha, has been part of a jazz band as the main vocalist, and also rapped before starting to write songs. She now writes and performs poetry.
Pamela is a versatile singer who started her music career with her late dad who was a guitarist. Zuko himself is a well-established voice-over artist who has been featured in major commercials, both locally and abroad, over the past 25 years. He has also featured on local productions, like Interrogation Room, Divers Down on SABC 1, Stokvel and Sies Wena on SABC 2.