9 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On L.O.V.E, her fifth studio album, the composer, producer and R&B singer Zonke Dikana finds happiness in romance. "NdiliMpondo" is a homage to the importance of national identity, and "Uphelelwa Lixesha" is a cautionary tale to unfaithful lovers. "Soul to Keep" with rapper Kwesta hearkens to her hip-hop roots as she crafts a funky, soulful arrangement. "Share my world/Though sometimes cold/I know together we will never get old", she sings over the soaring, disco-inflected “Tonight”. Cathartic and affectionate, L.O.V.E is a portrait of a South African musical force unafraid to celebrate the joy of life.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On L.O.V.E, her fifth studio album, the composer, producer and R&B singer Zonke Dikana finds happiness in romance. "NdiliMpondo" is a homage to the importance of national identity, and "Uphelelwa Lixesha" is a cautionary tale to unfaithful lovers. "Soul to Keep" with rapper Kwesta hearkens to her hip-hop roots as she crafts a funky, soulful arrangement. "Share my world/Though sometimes cold/I know together we will never get old", she sings over the soaring, disco-inflected “Tonight”. Cathartic and affectionate, L.O.V.E is a portrait of a South African musical force unafraid to celebrate the joy of life.

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About Zonke Dikana

Multiple award-winning Zonke Dikana is the creative mastermind behind some of Mzansi’s biggest hits. Her work as a songwriter spans the musical spectrum, including compositions for artists ranging from Tsepo Tshola to Afropop fave Winnie Khumalo. As a collaborator, she’s sung for, and alongside, the likes of spiritual healers like Thandiswa Mazwai and globetrotting exports à la Black Coffee. But it’s as producer that this Port Elizabeth-born, Jozi-based creator remains unacknowledged. Work of Heart, her fourth and arguably biggest body of work thus far, has her life force pumping through it. It’s evident when listening to Zonke’s music that this is a musician aware of the magnitude of responsibility she carries. She’s tapped into the might of Mhlongo, Makeba and Fassie to advance a musical cause that is true to self and essential, yet frequently overlooked.

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