Amantle goes exotic


Former My Star contestant, Amantle Ntshole, has re- branded her craft with an exotic element. She now performs in foreign languages such as Yoruba, Shona and Kalanga.

The 21-year-old first gave a hint on her exotic style a few months ago when she featured on Darkboy Masey’s single Mari A Pera, a Kalanga verb, which means ‘I am broke’.  She then recorded a Shona track with Spiza Valentino, Bouncy and South African artist Xoliwe titled Usacheme  (Do not cry), which they were scheduled to perform during the Pink Concert in Zimbabwe early this year.  The show was cancelled.

Amantle is also featured in Nigerian Naijaboy’s track Mukele singing in Yoruba. Speaking to Showbiz she mentioned that the exotic element is the re-branded Amantle.  “I write my lyrics in English and my foreign counterparts help me with the translation,” she said.

With the new style she is hoping that she will build a relationship with fans across borders. “I am hoping that after the release of Mukele I will have a fan base in Nigeria,” she said.

She, however, said she faced a huge challenge with the pronunciation of certain Yoruba words, while working with Naijaboy on Mukele. Yoruba is a native Nigerian Language. “But I am actually enjoying my new style even though I am not yet familiar with speaking the languages,” she said. The young songstress recently released a single and a video for a song titled Moratiwa.

She told Showbiz that her video has been getting good reviews from fans. Amantle who is working on her debut jazz/pop album, which is scheduled to come out in September, said two tracks in the album would be in foreign languages.  The artist who had gone quite on her solo career the whole of last year returned this year after DJ Crispin’s management company, Crispy Fresh Music Group (CFMG) signed her on.  She stated that as part of her rebranding she has adopted a number of elements such as performing with a live band and producing high quality music content.

Amantle participated in the music reality show My Star in 2012 alongside the likes of Motswafere, Amo and Peach, who have also managed to establish their solo careers.  She only managed to be in the top seven before being eliminated during the competition.

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