Music, as we know it, is such a universal language. It has the ability to be relatable to almost all aspects of your life and speak to you in the most profound way. Music also has the ability to help heal some parts of us and we find Ami Faku’s lastest single Lala Ngoxolo to do exactly that. Dealing with the loss of someone close to you is an indescribable pain and within the last past year, the world has faced too much because brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s soothing to see artists such as Ami Faku find a way to bring peace in the destruction that’s currently happening.
Born and raised in the Eastern Cape in a township called Izinyoka, Ami Faku realised she could sing from a young age when she was obliged to sing at church. Her passion for music was fuelled by a supportive family who kept her going even through 2 rejections at the pre-auditions of Idols SA. In 2016 Ami Faku decided to give the hopes of a music career one last shot when she auditioned for The Voice SA where she successfully made it through the auditions and weekly elimination rounds until she reached the Top 16 spot in 2017.
Ami Faku’s participation in The Voice SA opened a lot of doors for her which led to finding a mentor and working with some of the top producers in SA. Through her networking, Ami Faku met renowned producer, 37MPH, who introduced her to Raphael Benza of Vth Season which led to her being featured on Eternal Africa’s Maradona (SA cover) single, and later being signed to the Vth Season in 2018. Under the Vth Season, Ami Faku released her first single, Ndikhethe Wena which catapulted her career. The rest, as they say, is history… and a lot of wins for her career indeed.
We caught up with Ami to find out about her latest musical offering Lala Ngoxolo.
How has the reception to “Lala Ngoxolo” been like since the release?
Ami: The reception has been truly amazing and humbling. I have received
touching messages from people across the country, some even outside,
saying the song means a lot to them and has helped them get through and
The song highlights the effects of the current pandemic. How
important is it for artists to speak on issues affecting the society,
especially through song?
Ami: I think it is important for artists to speak their truth and their truth
only. You can’t write about things that are not true to you and I just
felt loss was something that I could relate to.
Talk us through the making of the song and why you chose to feature
Ami: Emtee is an incredible artist and I have always been a fan of his work.
I felt the song could use his touch and that’s when I reached out to
him. The song came together perfectly and he adds so much to it from the
texture of his voice to the soulfulness of his melodies.
Who else did you work with on this single?
Ami: Lastee from SelectPlay produced the song.
What can we expect from you anytime soon? Any virtual performances to look forward to, new music videos, collaborations or anything like that?
Ami: I am currently working on my second album. I’ve been writing, recording and working hard towards making new music. Stay tuned to my socials for more announcements and updates @Ami_Faku
With her working on her second album, we’ll continue bumping to the music she’s served us till now. Check out the Lala Ngoxolo lyric video here: