By Nomfundo Sifundza | 2018-03-07
IN 12 songs, Symphony is trying to stimulate passion, encourage and build the listener.
With a daring spirit of a fighter, the dynamite Symphony has released her debut album ‘Sengikhona’.
‘Sengikhona’ is also one of the singles she released last year right after winning the MTN Bushfire Firefly competition.
Yesterday the urban soul artist held a media launch and listening session at the Mbabane Club where in attendance were representatives of the prime minister and the minister of sports, culture and youth affairs, Dr Sikhomba Gumbi, SWAMA President Melusi ‘Zox’ Dlamini and members of the music industry including KrTC and Larry Mhlanga.
Percy Simelane represented the premier whilst Ministry of Sports Under Secretary Nhlanhla Motsa represented Minister David ‘Cruiser’ Ngcamphalala.
In her brief introductory speech Symphony’s manager and elder sister Buyisile Cele shared that her sister’s passion for music dates way back to when she was young and would return home late from spending ample time in a studio that was situated at the Swaziland Theatre Club.
“After returning late from her lengthy studio time, she would feel our mother’s wrath as she would scold her (Symphony) for returning home late but at the end of the day we all saw and realised how passionate she was and is about her music,” Cele added.
Proving true and cementing the immense talent Symphony has, was the singer herself belting out her first song in the 12-track album.
She sang ‘Chance’ a song in which she shares her deep insights and encouraging words, enough to stimulate passion.
Another keynote speaker at the listening session was the one directing proceedings Bennedict Bennett who stressed an important point with regards to artists failing to secure venues for their shows due to hiking fees.
“How can you charge an arm and a leg for venue costs to somebody who is trying to grow and make a living out of their talent, the least we could do is cut off the ridiculous venue costs and try meet these artists half way because the talent alone will not get them where they need to be,” he said.
Bennett’s stance was received by ululating sounds and claps of hands showing that the audience shared his sentiments.
Destiny Group, who had provided the sound and further pledged sponsorship to the singer towards her official launch then presented a special microphone gift to the singer.
“Thank you so much,” cried Symphony whilst receiving and appreciating the gift.
With lyrics of her album title song such as ‘mhlaba lungela/ mani ngemumo/ sikhatsi sami lesi/ sengikhona’ (loosely translated be prepared/ be in order/ this is my time/ I am here) indeed the urban soul artist has arrived.
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