Afro-Soul Superstar ZONKE is making a welcome return to the South African music scene, and also to The Bassline stage. Friday 10th October will be the third show for the Kaya FM Presents Live@The Bassline series with Zonke Dikana headlining; music fans are in for a rare treat!
The graceful songbird is currently riding high with the recent release of her brand new album Work Of Heart. This superb album is already topping the charts and drawing rave reviews across the board as well as holding a place at #1 on the iTunes R&B chart.
The multiple award-winning, platinum-selling Zonke is known for her sublime and powerful live performances. She is also a sought-after songwriter and producer, and she produced Work Of Heart.
Hailing originally from Port Elizabeth, she now calls Johannesburg home. It took Zonke some time to find her voice and to crack through the tough Jo’burg music scene, and her breakthrough 2011 album Ina Ethe saw her reach the pinnacle after a decade of struggles. She followed that up with a successful live album entitled Give and Take – Live, which went Platinum.
Then, just as Zonke was finally ready to start work on another album, her sister and fellow artist Lulu Dikana was struck down with a respiratory ailment and passed away in December 2014. For Zonke, rediscovering her inspiration after such a blow took months, but early in 2015, her muse started to return. “Changes make you stronger,” Zonke says. “No matter what happens, I don’t have it in me to lie down and give up. There is always a way. For me, music is that way. Music is goodness.” The track Meet Me In My Dreams is the centrepiece of the new album, and a fitting musical tribute to Lulu.
What is not in dispute is the strength and resilience of this African music superstar, she has risen above pain and hardship more times than she cares to remember, always emerging better, stronger, a more talented, more spectacular version of herself.
Support for Zonke will be provided by the multi award winning BERITA. This talented young singer/songwriter/guitarist hails originally from Zimbabwe, but has been making a name for herself locally over the past few years, especially after taking home the Best African Album at the 12th Metro Awards and SAMRO Songwriter of the Year Award in 2015.
The previous two Kaya Presents Live@The Bassline shows have already seen sensational performances by Thandiswa Mazwai, Zamajobe, Maleh, Thiwe and Afro’traction.
Zonke now carries this Afropolitan music torch proudly forward.
Saturday 10th October 2015
Doors open 8pm
Tickets are R200 available via Webtickets
Tickets are R230 at the door.