Celebrating Woman’s Day With Ama 50/50.
“The entertainment industry is a very uncertain, risky career path and chances of making it until you older are slim.We have come to realize that the MUSIC career is very short and that many have hit hard times after being in the limelight and leading a life of glamour. With education, one is secure for life and has something to fall back on when days are dark behind the mic,” they said.
Ama 50/50 is new a maskandi group, yet soulful, it is making it’s mark in the industry and their music appeals to all ages,and classes. Though they may look like just another any other Maskandi band from KZN, but Ama 50/50 was formed to celebrate the uniqueness of woman, empower and preach equality.Known for their colourful traditional outfits and their energetic performances, Khanyisile Mseleni was honoured with the opportunity to interview this dynamic group of people and finding out what’s below the surface.
GLM: Who are the main members of the band?
Ama 50/50 : Thandazile Nyoka, Notando Zuma, Jabu Hlongwane, and Njabulo Ngubane.
GLM: What is the motivation behind the name Ama 50/50 ?
Ama 50/50: Equality.
GLM : How many albums do you have?
Ama 50/50: This is our second album, the first album was titled “Khuza abantu bakho” It did very well than we expected, people received us with warm hands.
GLM:There are few woman in maskandi genre, as woman why did you choose to be in the man’s industry?
Ama 50/50 : As a group, we aim to raise awareness and promote gender equality, we are using our talent to try and inspire as many other women as possible and we acknowledge those who paved the way for us the likes of Dr Buselaphi, Bonakele to name few.
GLM: Do you have something to fall on?
Ama 50/50 : Jabu Hlongwane is currently studying Human Resource, Nothando Zuma is doing Electrical Engineering, Thandazile Nyoka is an Assistant teacher,whilst Njabulo Ngubane is a full-time Employee.
GLM: Do you think Maskandi music is selling?
Ama 50/50: Maskandi is the future of South African music,Maskandi is the most supported and successful music genre in the country.
GLM: Who did you work with in this album?
Ama 50/50: We recorded our album at Amashinga Music with Thamsanqa Sibiya as our engineer, Thisha Mchunu and Celumusa Zuma in bass guitar,Vuma Mazibuko playing keyboard and Machance Mjiyaho in concertina.
GLM: Are you signed under any music company?
Ama 50/50: Not yet
GLM:What sets your songs aside from other maskandi songs?
Ama 50/50: The key differentials would definitely be the fact that we don’t snub other artists, we inspire, educate, motivate without involving violence. our current album titled Inkomo zikababa is feminist but accommodate everyone.
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By: Khanyisile Mseleni