Camagwini - Zivile

2009-01-09 12:58
 
 
Camagwini has been nominated for Best Newcomer and Best African Contemporary album for the 2008 SAMA awards. But after listening to her debut Zivile a couple of times, you have to wonder what all the hype is about. Sure, she has the X factor: Xhosa speaking; luscious dreadlocks; beautiful with colorful head-wraps, face marks and beads. She also has some interesting stories to tell about her rich Xhosa culture and ancestral worship. Moreover, her album’s been produced by acclaimed producer Sipho Sithole 'Malambule', who also produced Siphokazi’s debut album. He has a reputation for identifying true talent and making great music. Great music yes, but talent, well in this case it’s debatable. The music, without a doubt boasts Mzansi’s leading session artists such as bass guitarist Fana Zulu and popular percussionist, Tlale Makhene. She also has sterling backing vocalists such as Khululiwe Sithole and Siphokazi.

However, sista girl cannot sing! As you skip through each song, hoping to find a song you can connect with, it becomes quite disappointing to realize that she’s rather monotonous and talks and chants - not sings - about the same thing over and over again. Her subject matter? Mainly being black, proud and the beauty of Africa, its soul and African heroism. Her album sleeve even states that she was kicked out of the school choir within minutes because of her inability to sing in key. Also, sista gal “had no previous music background and had to be taught from scratch the music scale in order to pitch properly and sing in tune for the recording of her debut” it reveals. She calls herself the ambassador of culture and with those looks and Stone Cherrie inspired outfits she plays the part really well.

Camagwini is a storyteller, an imbongi (praise poet) even and represents her clan really well. The “world” might embrace her as she looks and sounds exotic but some of us are just not buying it. Camagwini has interesting stories to tell and it’s evident that she’s inspired and loves to share these legendary folklore songs. So maybe she can try being a performance poet or something. Stop trying to be a Madosini, another Thandiswa or Simphiwe Dana! As for the SAMA awards, we’ll have to wait and see.

-Gugulethu Mkhabela
It seems there’s a new Afro-soul and Nubian princess sprouting every year in Mzansi’s Afro-soul genre. First it was Bongo Maffin vocalist and solo artist Thandiswa Mazwai, who is without a doubt the queen of Amandla sisters and the Real thing. Then came Simphiwe Dana, Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground, Siphokazi and now there’s a new sister on the block, Camagwini.

MPHO 2008/04/29 10:32 PM
???????? SHE GOT THE IMAGE THING GOIN ON BUT THE SINGING PART OH HELL NO!!!!!
Noluthando 2008/05/05 3:04 PM
She is good she is very great...i'm pround of her
PHATHEKA 2008/05/20 3:36 PM
AFRICAN MUSIC AMBASSaDOR CAMAGU!!SISTER YOU'VE GOT IT ALL.FROM US AFRICANS WHO HAVE MUSICAL EARS& WE KNOW WHERE WE COME FROM AND WHERE WE GOING , U R THE BEST,PLEASE BLESS US WITH A DVD.I LOVE YOU.YOU MAKE ME PROUD OF WHO I AM!!!
Sbusiso 2008/05/21 7:48 PM
Go gal Oh please, Camagwini is very good and as 4 the singing part, u dnt hav 2 sing liky Mariah carrey in order 2 b a gud singer. Phambili ngo Camagwini
Bavuyise-vivi 2008/05/22 1:47 PM
love your music sisi! Just wanw say you rock and so is to dress code.
Mdinga 2008/06/30 12:38 PM
Camagu Rocks I have to disagree with the reviewer because Camagu is the best afro Pop artist and her album is hot and it rocks. Keep up the good work. U can play the album from start to finish.
makwande 2008/08/02 1:54 PM
last CD What a nice CD like this one, but I forget it name and I would like to say you are ROCK my baby. do it again I' m one of your fenz
tarisai 2008/08/15 11:36 AM
gr8 sounds yo music is so so rich well arranged gr8 ,sounds gud even 4 sm of us who dont understand all tha lyrics
poppy 2008/09/16 7:12 PM
i love Camagwini she is very good, I lyk her music especially the imvumi song...i really dig it
mpumi 2008/09/30 11:47 AM
Camagwini brings a different vibe I think camagwini is fresh from Mzansi and she is not fake like the 'kanyi mbau's in the music industry she represents something that is missing in our communities. I mean knowing your roots & embracing them not rejecting them. Big up Camgwini
mbuzobuciko 2008/11/03 4:19 PM
stop hating hayi sisi andivumelani nawe,...camagwini z original, so if wena unengxaki naye, sort it out , uyeke ubhala ubuvuvu obungekhoyo.....eyokuba uthi uzama ndlela zonke ukuba ngusimphiwe dana, madosini or thandiswa...lulwimi etywaleni olo.....
zizo 2008/11/11 3:50 PM
zizo says she is wow!she is doing what she is capable of,she is rocking,the original taste and she is fresh
nolah 2008/11/13 3:33 PM
She is wow!.. I really love Camagwini,everything about her is unique,her voice is what makes me not to stop listening on her music.Big-ups girl South Africa likes you, I mean everyone likes you.
yummi 2008/11/29 3:56 PM
kip up d gud wok hey gal jst wana say u rok n kip up d gud wok,its gud 2 c young african woman being proud of whu they r n ya u doin' it gal.kip it up mzansi 4 sho!
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