Over the past year and a half, Lady Zamar has become one of the most exciting voices in house music. Her singles ‘Love Is Blind’, ‘My Baby’ and ‘Collide’ have become chart-toppers and her debut album ‘King Zamar’ is flying off the shelves. This week, I chat to the freshest face in South African dance music about her new album, her love for Prince Kaybee and what the future has in store.
Where did your passion for music stem from?
My passion for music started when I was very young. I loved singing. When I got to grade 1 I was put in the choir and that sparked my passion. My dad is also a musician so music was always a part of my family’s blood.
You worked with Junior Taurus on ‘Cotton Candy’, which received a few SAMA nods. How is your solo material different?
My solo career is more me. I’ve always been attracted to pop infused dance music and even though I really loved working with Junior Taurus, I just wanted to create music that speaks more to who I am more than anything else. Being in a duo means there’s always going to be another person’s opinion but when it comes to my solo material, every single song is delivered precisely how I want it.
‘Love Is Blind’ became a massive single around the country. What inspired the song?
The song was inspired by the struggle that I faced when I broke away from the project with Junior Toures. At that time my experience was very tumultuous, it was very stressful and I wanted to stop creating music. But, as that decision became more concrete in my mind, I started feeling more anxiety and I more depressed. I realized that I had to continue making music and take the risk. The song is a summary of the love that we have towards other people, our careers, music or anything else.
‘Collide’ is taking the country by storm right now. The sound is a bit different to that of your previous singles. How open are you to experimentation when it comes to your sound?
As long as its dance music and it makes people happy then I am open to anything. I’ll explore whatever sub-genre of dance there is and that’s exactly how this song came to life. ‘Collide’ is a fusion of European and western music with a South African twist. I’ve added elements of pop, kwaito and house and the I love the sound that was born.
You also worked with Prince Kaybee on his smash hit ‘Charlotte’. What was it like working with him?
Prince Kaybee has always been a professional. Working with him was both fun and challenging. I had written the song way before I had met him or had any conversations about working with him so it was very inspiring seeing that song come to life.
You named your debut album ‘King Zamar’ – where did that title come from?
I initially wanted to name the album ‘Purple Reign’ because I am a big fan of Prince but after he passed away, I didn’t want people to think that I was riding the wave of his death. I still wanted a royal element to the album title but I named the album ‘King Zamar’ because it was time for a woman to take back her place of owning her music instead of always having to collaborate and having the male counterparts. It’s not an egotistical thing. I am just trying to assert that in my own kingdom, I am the king of my music.
What do the next few months hold for you?
I would say 2018 holds a lot of growth for me. I’ve decided to embrace every facet of who I am as an artist. I’ve always been a singer, writer, designer and a philanthropist. I have been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember and this year I am fusing everything into one big brand and hopefully people will understand me a little better. I also have a documentary coming out soon which will give people insight who I am as an artist which I’m really looking forward to.
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