Amanda Black re-emerges with her latest single ‘Kutheni Na’, a bittersweet song that features rapper Kwesta‘s distinct rhymes.
Amanda Black, the multi-award-winning South African singer, has released a new single called “Kutheni Na,” which features rapper Kwesta. Amanda Black’s new single, “Mnyama,” is written from a dark place as she muses on the harsh reality of Black life in South Africa, from history to the global epidemic that has impacted many people’s mental health. Amanda Black and Kwesta deliver a song that takes on the darkness head-on in an attempt to find hope.
The haunting voice of the great singer raises questions about the various ways in which we experience and absorb suffering. Given the current gloomy situation, the repeating “Kutheni Na” chorus seems understandable. “Kutheni Na,” which means “What’s Wrong?” in isiXhosa, asks the listener to discover what is wrong and unfair. With a poem about growing up in poverty and hustling his way to the top of the hip-hop game, Kwesta echoes this sentiment. His stanza also pays tribute to South African rapper HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), who died in 2018 after a long battle with depression.
The song, according to Amanda Black, expresses a great desire for serenity and stillness:
“It’s been a tough time for everyone around the world, we have seen a lot of suffering and yet we are still hopeful. We want better days, we have questions and our people do not have answers. We seek healing from the incredulous losses we have experienced during this time and I hope people can find it through my story in Mnyama”
Christer Kobedi and Vaughan Fourie are the producers of “Kutheni Na.” Amanda Black’s next album is intended to paint a sonic picture of power, vulnerability, and surrender, and the song is one of its most exquisite strokes. “Amazulu,” “Thandwa Ndim,” “Ndizele Wena,” and “Vuka” are among her hit tracks. Amanda Black’s albums have always gone deep into societal themes as well as the subject of growing up to be a strong Black woman, as proven by her chart-topping 2019 sophomore album Power and revolutionary 2016 debut album Amazulu.
Mnyama will be released in early August 2021.