By: Zama Khumalo
An active constituent of the Music Label “999”, the vocally gifted Sindi Nene, has released a new song titled, “I am (Winnie)”. The song speaks, about how as a woman, you overcome obstacles and preserve through it all and ensuring that you are seen as a rock, through everything. This song comes at a painful time, where South Africa has lost the “Mother of the nation”, Ms. Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela- Mandela. This song is in tribute to her and all the attributes she possessed to being a super woman. Being one of the most iconic South African women, who fought fiercely against the wicked Apartheid regime, it was through her strength and resilience she did this. When the time for freedom came, she finally got to see, the chains being broken, from a system that restrained her people back, from having a taste of democracy.
The slow and melodic song resonates with the pain, which is felt not only from Sindi, through her powerful and commanding voice but South Africa, as a whole. “I am a leader because I am a woman” a line taken from the song, speaks volumes. It is a reminder to all women, from all walks of life to never forget their power, even if the stacks have been mounted against them, it is important to remain brave and confident to gain a new beginning. The tune of the song is soulful and aims at destabilising the myths that women are weaklings, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was anything but weak, that as an example shows the power women possess and they can do with it, if they believe in their self-worth.
Every African woman should take a moment to listen, to the soulful melody. This is a definitely a woman’s anthem. Sindi’s vocals are strong and magnificent; they are part and parcel of the song. Her vocal strength has grown tremendously over the years and it quite evident within the song. It is quite commendable, that she was able to create a powerful tune, with meaningful lyrics within a short period of time. Although the song, could have added on more lyrics that South Africans could resonate to, as there are parts which felt repetitive, such as stating “I am Winnie Mandela”. A different route could have been selected and she could have spoken about something, with a bit more substance. However still stay in the lane, of speaking about the legendary woman. On the whole, the song definitely proves that there is the deepest of respect for Mama Winnie Madikizela- Mandela, a stance which we all can commonly agree on and that Sindi Nene is here to stay, for many years to come and create more tunes we will love.