Azana Is Set To Release Her Sophmore Album, “IGAGU“
Written by Brooklyn Masuku on 4 October, 2023
Today the 5 times SAMA nominated Azana releases her single and video for Shona Malanga (Days go by) which marks the start of her singles which will build up to IGAGU her album release on the 27th of October. Azana has featured on some big South African tracks with producers such as Sun-El Musician, Prince Kaybee as well as Lowsheen and this Woman’s month it’s her time to shine.
— AZANA (@azanaofficial_) October 2, 2023
About the single Azana explains:
“Days have gone by without me seeing my fiancé who has gone for work. I plead him to come back because when he comes back we need to prepare for our wedding day, I am happy in love and no one can tell me otherwise because in this relationship there is trust, communication and respect. Amahle whom I feature on this track then brags about the relationship she has with the love of her life, she says she cannot wait to tell her family about this fairytale love she has finally found.”
About the upcoming album: IGAGU
IGAGU, refers to a group of people singing or dancing, where there is often an individual who stands out. This individual exudes confidence, passion and leads the crowd.
“In my language IsiZulu, this individual is called IGAGU. Because of the love I have for music and the arts I have always stood out in a group of singers and creatives, I participated in music my whole school career, as I grew older I gained confidence to direct musically and lead in the choirs I was in and became IGAGU!” she adds.
The track, off her sophomore album IGAGU set for release on 27 October, is available for streaming and download(link is external) on various major digital platforms.
‘Shona Malanga’ is a love song describing the singer’s aching need to see his partner. “Days have gone by without me seeing my fiancé who has gone for work and I plead [with] him to come back because we need to prepare for our wedding day,” Azana told Access Music Conference.
With IGAGU set to hit the streets in three months, fans will be treated to a mix of Afro-pop, Afro-house and Afro-tech songs, which highlight Azana’s vocal talent and creative diversity. Igagu refers to a group of people singing or dancing, where there is often an individual who stands out. This individual exudes confidence, passion and leads the crowd.
“In my language IsiZulu, this individual is called igagu,” Azana said. “Because of the love I have for music and the arts, I have always stood out. I participated in music my whole school period and as I grew older, I gained confidence to direct and lead in the choirs I was in and became igagu.”
Born Makhosazana Princess Masongo in Durban, Azana’s vocal abilities have been compared to those of music heavyweights like Cama Gwini, Simphiwe Dana, Letta Mbulu, Nina Simone and Erykah Badu. She has worked with top South African artists such as Sun-El Musician, Prince Kaybee and Lowsheen.