Amapiano Sha Sha, the Queen of Amapiano, has teamed up with modern Afro-Soul songstress Ami Faku to deliver “Themba Lami”, which is available on all digital platforms. “Themba Lami” is the second single from Sha Sha’s upcoming album ‘I’M Alive’ and comes after she dropped “Ungowami” to launch the album pre-order. “Themba Lami” was born out of the heartbreak and break-up stories shared by Sha Sha and Ami during a studio session.
Speaking about the single, Sha Sha shared,“‘Themba Lami’ is about how we as women keep giving so much to men, but don’t get it back. It shows women’s vulnerability (which can be toxic sometimes). We decided to put all of that in a record and I hope everyone enjoys it.”
The Sha Sha and Ami collaboration was inevitable, given the chemistry between the two songstresses and their unique, yet complementary, music and overall styles. The two are also friends who have worked together before so a collaboration for Sha Sha’s album was only a matter of time.
Reflecting on how the collaboration came about, Sha Sha says after connecting with Ami on Instagram, the two worked on three songs. “This was at the time we worked on Nomfundo Moh’s ‘Phakade Lami’. Our heartbreak and love stories are all embedded in this track one way the other.”
The video for ‘Themba lami’ was shot on Wednesday 27th July in the leafy suburbs of Houghton, Johannesburg inside a grand Victorian-style house. Instead of aiming for a confrontational approach, the video’s creative centres around a more authentic and honest approach that allows audiences to see and understand ‘trust’ from a loving woman’s point of view.
The music video is made up of a trio of main scenes, with love being the overarching theme and connects to the track’s title – “Themba Lami” – with moments that capture the true essence of the sisterhood at the heart of this collaboration.
Music video director Lenzo Dlamini explained the inspiration behind the track: “When you listen to the song you get a sense of how intimate it is. I went with a feel and concept that is more inviting into the artists’ personal space, matching the message of the song. We create spaces and setting that feels like it’s like their own rooms where they can confide in one another.” The video will drop in August, leading up to the release of ‘I’M Alive’.
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