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Nwabisa Mxakatho Releases Powerful Debut Album Titled Iphupho Lam

Nwabisa's new single inspired by social ills that affect women

Nwabisa Mxakatho Releases Powerful Single Titled Iphupho. It is slowly but surely becoming most women’s desires to address the unfair societal norms that oppress them through music and books, while others fall victim to these norms others rise above them and address them head on, a good example would be the sensational songbird Nwabisa Mxakatho who just released her debut album Iphupho Lam made to empower women.

The 31-year-old from Mthatha in Eastern Cape explained in an interview with SowetanLIVE on what fans can expect from the debut album, highlighting that it offers enough groove and spunk to get anyone going once they listen to her Afro-pop compositions.

While rooted in Xhosa rhythms, she also samples the electric guitar, much like the Malian super couple Amadou and Mariam.

In one of her songs Diamonds she calls out names of iconic women who changed the course of history and others who fell victim to abuse.

“In 2018, women should be working together to fight rape and other social ills, and should empower each other.”

On Iphupho, Nwabisa says she expresses her dream of seeing Africans loving themselves.

Inspired by the Hugh Masekela song of the same name, Nwabisa says Thuma Mina reminds Africans of the power they have within to change circumstances.

“Africa is the poorest of the continents, but I know that we are powerful.

“We just need to unleash our potential and the damage of being brainwashed [into believing] that we are not good enough.

“We are powerful beyond measure.”

On Mama, she pays tribute to mothers who she calls the source of everything.

“My mom was a shelf packer at Shoprite and my father was a messenger at FNB but they managed to raise seven children, and all of us are educated.”


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