This New Year’s Eve, Zolani Mahola will perform at Kirstenbosch Gardens for the last time as the lead singer of Freshlyground before taking a break to focus on her solo career.
After an incredible 17 year adventure that took the band to all corners of the globe performing with musical icons like Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba, Shakira, BB King, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Vusi Mahlasela, the time has come for Zolani, fondly referred to as “The One Who Sings” (from the Xhosa “Lo Uculayo”) to spread her wings and fully commit to her new venture as a solo artist and inspirational speaker.
“It’s been an epic journey, and Freshlyground will always be an integral part of my life story. I’m extremely proud of what our band has achieved and how we were able to unite our country through music and take our unique sound to the world. It may seem like the end of an era, but it’s certainly not goodbye,” explains Zolani.
While deeply rooted in folk traditions, her new musical style is as rich as it is diverse. Expect a culture clash of Xhosa-folk meets acoustic Americana with the burning grit of indie-rock.
In November this year, she launches her debut solo release “The One Who Sings” coinciding with a show at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, sharing her story and music in an honest, raw and engaging way that will leave audiences feeling moved and inspired.
Check out Zolani’s new website www.theonewhosings.com and follow her new journey.