Zahara - The 'Queen' of local music

'Queen' Zahara
The night of the 18th South African Music Awards’ main event belonged to singer-songwriter Zahara! The songstress, who opened the awards ceremony on Monday night with her hit single “Loliwe”, walked away with six statuettes on the night and two awards the previous night, making it a total eight SAMAs. With a name that translates to “shining” and “flower”, Zahara has been the epitome of both translations since the Spring of 2011 when her debut album, “Loliwe”, was released. The star, blossomed as her album went double platinum after 17 days and has since sold over 300 000 copies. Her album won in the Best Smooth Urban Music Album; Special Award: Best Selling Album and Album of the Year categories. She also won in the categories for: Newcomer of the Year; Female Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration for her song, Incwad’Encane which features Georgy. Zahara has cemented her place in the entertainment industry, not only in South Africa but across the borders as well – as can be proven in her sold-out shows at her February performance in Harare, Zimbabwe. In celebration of her burgeoning career as South Africa’s most loved Afro-Soul artist, Zahara is set to put a show together that EMI Music/CCP Records in conjunction with TS Records will host at Carnival City.  The tickets for the show will be sold through Computicket and Shoprite, with seating prices ranging between R180 and R250. The show, which is set to be recorded on the 8 and 9 June 2012, will be released as Zahara’s first Live DVD. Stars are meant to shine; and with the wave of success that she’s been riding on since she left the Phumlani informal settlement outside of East London in the Eastern Cape, it’s no telling how many dreams she has put into motion, by realizing her own.  “Success is defined by the acquisition of material objects, I don’t want that to define MY success”, says the starlet who sees herself as taking on the role of “ambassador of moral regeneration” with ease as she sets out to re-instill humility; respect; morals and principles as her musical success has given her the opportunity to express, and hopefully impress those values into society. Zahara has modeled the manner in which she wishes her career will have an influence on other people in Mahatma Ghandi’s words that echo: "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."