Sophia Chese Arts Correspondent
Dancer and singer Sandra Ndebele has roped in the services of different local and international musicians on her new album to be launched tomorrow. Contemporary musician Jah Prayzah, Jeys Marabhini, Nashie of the Chibhorani fame and South African group Teddy Bear have all featured on Ndebele’s seventh album “Izenzo”.
In an interview with The Herald Entertainment, Ndebele said she wanted to add a new feel to her album by engaging different artistes.
“I wanted to give my new album a new feel to add on to my old flavour so that it will appeal to a different audience. In fact, I had everyone in mind that is why I had to do a lot of collaborations on this one,” she said.
She said she had named the 10-track album “Izenzo” meaning “acts or works” because the album is a reflection of Zimbabwean people and their identity, the way we live and do our things.
“I am just looking at things and how we behave as people in the society. I have tried to tackle most human activities in the album,” she said.
Ndebele said after the album launch she will be back on stage full time.
“People must look forward to numerous shows from since I am going to be on stage full-time, promoting my album and I am also going to hold joint shows with some of the artistes I have featured on the album,” she said.
Commenting on whether she is still the old vivacious energetic dancer people used to know, she said nothing had changed.
“I am still the old Sandra the only change that is there is that I am now a proud mother of two but this has not affected me in any way. My performances are even better now,” she said.
Sandy, as she is popularly known by her legion of fans, has performed locally and abroad and has been instrumental in marketing local culture internationally.
When Sandy got married a couple of years ago, some critics thought she would drop her art to focus on her business and family.
But the Bulawayo-based artiste continues to juggle her roles with apparent ease.
In 2008, she founded the all-female ensemble Intombi Zomqangala which she said she established in a quest to mould professional dancers.