By: Zama Khumalo
Nami ngithand’i ndoda – Aluta Humbane
“Nami ngithand’i ndoda”, loosely translated, ‘I also love the man’, is really a “powerful anthem for those whose interests and choices in love are overlooked”. In this song, the artist, Aluta Humbane, a self-acclaimed fighter for the LBTIQ+ community, portrays himself a true crusader for the cause. In the track “Nami ngithandi’ndoda”, the message is crystal clear, ‘it’s time for gay people to assert their authority by claiming what is rightfully theirs’. The beat of the song has cultural relevance with an overt influence of Thandiswa Mazwai and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the local multi-award winning artist and ensemble with whom Aluta has had honour of gracing the stage. The jazz soul influence of Jill Scott in the song arrangement cannot be mistaken.
WATCH ALUTA HUMBANE PERFORMING ‘NAMI NGITHANDA INDODA’ IN ZANZIBAR
Not completely a dance song, but the repetitive message gives you that unique African beat that makes South African artists stand out in the crowd. Though the song can render itself somewhat of a lullaby but the perfect combination of drums, keyboard, in sync voices and the lyrics pulls you back and say, “Hey listen to me, I’m still here, accept me as I’m.” If this track is anything to go by, one can look forward to a chart topping album that will appeal to the cross section of the world audiences.