Amanda Black
courtesy Amanda Black

Award winning singer, songwriter, Amanda  invites us to join her for a soulful and introspective sonic journey through heartbreak and learning how to forgive yourself.

The album, which shows the many sides of Alicia at this current point in time in her life, offers a 10 song track list, including collaborations with the likes of Berita, J’Something, Christer and Kwesta.

The theme that runs through the album is to never stop fighting because ‘even bad days have to end’.

“I have bared my soul for the listener to encourage them and let them know that they will be okay. When I wrote this album, it was the first time where it had nothing to do with proving that I can do it;

it was about me and my mental process and  ultimately my mental health because I allowed myself to be vulnerable and face the things that I normally would distract myself from. These are the conversations I’ve been having with myself.”

‘Mnyama’ is now available to stream, download, and purchase worldwide here.

Amanda Black
Amanda Black

The album opens with Amanda beau ‘Ndandihleli, a song that bares resemblance to an old Xhosa hymn that she sang growing up.

On the track Amanda speaks about longing for her partner, not regretting all the beautiful moments that they shared, but standing firm in her decision to not return to the relationship.

The nostalgia in the song stems from the fact that the song is an old Xhosa hymn. On ‘Amagingxi Amanda acknowledges that she has no idea how she will get over the pain, but she will continue to persevere over amagingxigingxi (hurdles).

“I urge the listener to not rush the healing process, rather to face it head on and allow it to happen because when we run away from ourselves that’s where the real melancholy is.”

On ‘Ungayeki’ Amanda reminds us that ‘something will change..’ so we should all remain steadfast and keep fighting.

‘I encourage people to never lose sight of themselves, and if they do , which often happens because this is life, they go back to the beginning to help them see the vision again , to see themselves again.’

‘Kutheni Na’ is the first single off the album speaks of our collective experience of the pandemic and how we all know how it feels to lose something - whether it’s a job, their loved ones, their homes or even just a sense of security.

TRACK LIST

  1. Ndandihleli

  2. Amagingxigingxi

  3. Ungayeki

  4. Kutheni Na

  5. Let It Go

  6. Ekuphileni

  7. LWH

  8. Lonely

  9. Pick Yourself Up

  10. Always