Old Mutual AMPD Studios celebrated Heritage Day with the legendary songstress Sibongile Khumalo and multi-award-winning vocalist Amanda Black, as they facilitated this month’s Icons Hero conversation in front of the next generation of performers who came dressed in their best African attire.
This AMPD Icons Hero Conversation featured an iconic female and spiritually empowering duo. Amanda Black and Sibongile Khumalo amazed the crowd of upcoming musicians, creatives and music entrepreneurs, after their collaborative and solo performances and while swopping survival stories in the music industry.
Joined by Metro FM and broadcasted in front of a live audience, Amanda started by sharing her love for music. “I knew from a very young age that all I wanted to do was sing, so I worked on putting myself out there as much as possible”. While Sibongile Khumalo shared a different view about her upcoming, “The 70s, 80s and 90s were a difficult time to make a living through music as we were oppressed and called rebels when we sang about the political struggle”. Both vocalists touched on how times have changed, looking at the music landscape today and the consumption of Social Media, upcoming artists were urged to always stay true to themselves and have a vision.
“You need to stand by your craft, and have people that support your journey, not drive it, you are the one that needs to drive it. If need be, take time away from Social Media, as it’s often filled with information that might affect or derail you from your vision”, said Amanda.