BY SHARON SIBINDI
Award-winning musician-cum businesswoman Sandra “Sandy” Ndebele-Sibindi says South African Kwaito musician Professor (born Mkhonzeni Langa) has taught her that artistes need to be creative and innovative if they are to remain in the game for long.
Sandy said this last Monday when the two dropped their Afro-pop track titled Sara Baartman on video-sharing platform YouTube.
“Professor is an artiste through and through, who never runs out of ideas. His work ethic is admirable and I love how he is not afraid to try out new things,” Sandy told Standard Style.
“He taught me that we need to keep on creating works as this is our most valuable currency. So, this year I am putting that advice into practice with a goal to release new music each month.”
The Bulawayo diva said she roped in Professor for the project because it had been part of their long-term plan since the release of their duet — a single titled Lizwile in 2018.
“This was always part of a long-term plan when we released Lizwile a few years ago. From the onset we wanted to do something in Zimbabwe with Zimbabwean creatives and then conclude the collaboration in South Africa using that country’s creatives,” Sandy said.
“Sara Baartman is a happy song that people are going to groove to but with a very serious message. Sara Baartman was one of the first black women known to be subjugated to human sexual trafficking and exploitation because of her body and figure.
“So, the song speaks out against that and urges young women not to allow this to happen to them. It’s a song that celebrates African women and speaks against all forms of exploitation and abuse.”
She said the video was shot in South Africa and released on her birthday.
“The video is out today (January 3) to coincide with my birthday celebrations and the audio should be available for purchase on all online platforms at the end of this week,” Sandy said.
“People are excited about it and we are confident that it’s going to do well. We are also increasing our output this year. So, look out for more music, videos and performances,” she said.