Simphiwe Ngema on what we can expect in Dumi Masilela album
Simphiwe Ngema. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Actress Simphiwe Ngema is set to release the album of late husband, actor and vocalist Dumi Masilela titled Eternal Crush this weekend.
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In an interview with Drum Simphiwe said Dumi recorded the music while he was still alive and only got a chance to release one track titled Shona Phansi. In August 2018, the 28-year-old widow released one of his singles Uphushiwe which he had written for her after they married in May 2017.
Eternal Crush will have 10 unheard songs, in three of the songs, Dumi features his best friend Bongani Kumalo, who was present on the day Dumi was killed during the botched hijacking in Tembisa.
“He was still recording more music and deciding which songs he should release first when he died. I knew he was going to release Uphushiwe first and then an album. I just followed his plan,” she says.
Simphiwe was present throughout the making of all the songs and the music resonates deeply with her.
“All the songs have a special meaning for me because I was present when he wrote them. I know what he was going through and what he was feeling when he wrote every song. We would sit and discuss the music before and after recording, and I just want everyone to hear his talent. I want to share him with his friends and fans,” she explained.
Simphiwe said the album is mostly about love, hence the title Eternal Crush.
“He was my Eternal crush and I was his. That is what we called each other. We loved each other as though we had just first met. We still had butterflies in our tummies every single day and I know wherever he is, he is happy with the title,” Simphiwe adds.
As a brand extension for the album, Simphiwe has designed t-shirts written Eternal Crush and they will be available to his fans across the country.
“The brand Eternal Crush is about celebrating love, relationships, family, and friends. Life is about love and embracing pain and living your truth,” said Simphiwe.