Lady Zamar

FRESH: ‘Monarch’ – Lady Zamar

South African artist Lady Zamar releases “Monarch”!

by Christopher Smith

There’s someone I’d like you to meet. Her name is Lady Zamar. She hails from South Africa and she’s just released her brand new album “Monarch”.

“Monarch” is Lady Zamar’s second solo studio album following on from “King Zamar” in 2017. Lady Zamar is the professional name used by East Rand born singer and songwriter Yamikani Janet Banda who made her debut in 2015 as part of a duo with Junior Taurus. They released their debut album “Cotton Candy” but a year later Lady Zamar decided to to abandon the partnership and pursue a solo career.

Yami started singing at the tender age of six, and looked up to the likes of Tracy Chapman at the age of three. Growing up in Pretoria, Lady Zamar found herself involved with emerging and aspiring hip hop artists of the time. Attending ciphers in Pretoria CBD Church Square, she thought herself a mini rapper and dubbed herself Afro Jay.

Lady Zamar is most famous for hits such as “Mamelodi” and “Cotton Candy” from her duo with Junior Taurus, whom she was introduced to in 2011. The duo’s album awarded them with a Metro FM nomination for best duo album and two SAMA nominations for best dance album and best duo. Lady Zamar has also collaborated with the likes of Prince Kaybee, DJ Mshega, DJ Fortee, Lulo Café, DJ Tira and recently with DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota and Dominic Neill.

“Monarch” includes the single “This Is Love” which has preceded the album as well as nineteen, yes 19 other tracks that together make for a cool, chilled dance album of addictive beats laced with Lady Zamar’s crystal, sound vocals. “King Zamar” has been Gold certified in her home country, and with its sumptuous artwork and zesty content, “Monarch” is set to do even better and perhaps break that all important international market and global recognition.

For more about Lady Zamar check out her FACEBOOK page and follow her on INSTAGRAM

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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