Zahara’s Mgodi well received by Batswana

  • “My music is not made to entice but to inspire”
  • Singer pays tribute to Brenda Fassie
  • Trinity Mpho makes grand entrance


After releasing her much-anticipated fourth studio album titled ‘Mgodi’ that was certified gold within six hours, platinum in 20 hours and number one on iTunes in Africa, Zahara sampled her new music much to the delight of many Batswana at the just ended Mascom Live Sessions.
According to Zahara, whose real name is Bulelwa Mtukutwana, Mgodi, which loosely translates ‘a ditch’, does not refer to a literal goldmine ditch but a place where one hides when they feel like they have had it.
“In life we meet a lot of obstacles and Mgodi is that place you go to when you feel like you have had it, you hide and the situation or the enemies pass but you also need to calculate how you are going to get out of there, a rope perhaps to pull you out of that place,” said the Loliwe hit maker who performed most of her songs with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Zahara also says her new music seeks to tell a story of how her life was after her previous album, ‘Country Girl’. “I am not here to make hits but to tell a story. Africa is longing for someone who will tell their story, clearly most people love my story as my latest album has gone platinum hours after release. My music is not made to entice but to inspire, my plan is to bring hope to everyone who thinks they cannot make it,” said the artist who has previously faced public scrutiny.
Multi-platinum and 17 time SAMA Award winner Zahara performed her other songs with emotion including Phendula, and Loliwe, among others. The cherry on top was when she paid tribute to the legendary Brenda Fassie because it was her birthday month (November). She performed her song Vulindlela and revelers burst into the famous wedding dance choreography as the songstress joined in. Another highlight of the session was Trinity Mpho’s grand entrance by motorbikes, and the local jazz maestro did not disappoint on stage.
Zahara’s latest album Mgodi was released in October and according to Warner Music South Africa’s marketing director, Adrian King the album sold over 16,700 physical copies and hundreds of digital copies within the first 24 hours of its release. The singer reassured Batswana that she would be coming back to the country for the album’s launch before heading out to America to promote the album.