Local singer-songwriter Amanda Black is back with new music and says her second album, entitled Power, comes from a place of triumph.
The 26-year-old star returns from taking a break from music to take her “power back”.
Amanda, whose real name is Amanda Benedicta Antony, says: “I felt uninspired and went through a lot during this time, it felt like a bad creative block and running away from emotions.
“This was me trying to fix things and focus on bettering myself and then I came to a point where I would just let it go and then I started writing.”
Amanda says her new music speaks about self-empowerment and rising up.
“There is a song called Vuka which means ‘rise up, stand up and not giving away power, but gaining power.
“I was basically fighting to take my power back.”
On the 18-track album, she worked with American R&B star Anthony Hamilton, the Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, Nigerian musician Adekunle Gold, Ami Faku and poet Kush Mahleka.
Amanda’s first album, titled AmaZulu, was released in 2016.
Amanda also has her own record label, called Afro-Rockstar Production, with Sony Music.
The Idols Season 11 Top 7 finalist says she hopes to do more collaborations in 2020, especially with one of her favourite local artists, Shekhinah.
Power was released digitally on 25 October.