Zolani Mahola, formerly of pan-African group Freshlyground, is starting the next chapter of her musical journey with a captivating and uplifting solo single Remember Who You Are.
The Cape Town-based Mahola, who is popularly known as The One Who Sings, spent 17 successful years with Freshlyground.
Her newfound artistic freedom has seen her collaborate with various artistes in 2020, including multiple Grammy-award winning classical musician Yo Yo Ma and house music maestro SunEl Musician.
Built around a rhythmic backbeat of percussive handclaps and with its soaring vocals, Remember Who You Are is a rousing call for all to embrace their self-worth.
The message is wrapped in an intoxicating blend of eastern-influenced sounds and electronica – elements that will delight old fans and invite new listeners into the world of The One Who Sings.
Produced by acclaimed beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist Mr Sakitumi, the track offers a snapshot of Zolani’s new musical direction and is a delightful teaser ahead of her solo EP scheduled for release in 2021.
The new song was written for and inspired by the #GiveHerACrown campaign which was officially launched on 24 November, 2020.
#GiveHerACrown is a female empowerment platform which aims to change the narrative for women using storytelling and the arts.
Mahola is the campaign’s ambassador. The Change Collective initiated it and it forms part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
Explaining her creative process, Zolani says, “When I was thinking about the campaign, I went out into a wide open natural landscape with my guitar. I felt myself a part of the landscape. I considered the birds singing, the mountains in their majesty and later the splendour of the stars.
“I considered how we are all made of matter and as such are connected with all living things. The question formed: if the stars, mountains and birds are perfect, then is the case not the same with us as humans?”
Remember Who You Are is available for streaming and download on all digital platforms. Click here to watch the music video on YouTube.