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Hollywood-based Zani plots comeback

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st June 2007 03:00 AM

MANY of us remember Zani for her ground-breaking single, Sam Tonjiwanga, released about 10 years ago.

MANY of us remember Zani for her ground-breaking single, Sam Tonjiwanga, released about 10 years ago.

By Gilbert Mwijuke

MANY of us remember Zani for her ground-breaking single, Sam Tonjiwanga, released about 10 years ago.

The Hollywood-based singer, actress and model is following in the footsteps of Henry Katamba, who has chosen to return home from kyeyo.

Some of you might even have caught her at the weekly Star Night Special that used to showcase at the Sheraton Hotel back in the 1990s, where she used to be the headliner.

But back then, we only knew her as Lady Chocolate. Yet again, it was her invitation by the late Amigo Wawawa to join the Waka Waka Band that opened doors for her.

Zani began her journey into oblivion when she chose to relocate to Hollywood, California, in 1998. However, the 28-year-old returns with a new album, stage name and label.

Zani’s angelic voice stirs the spirit once again with her latest recordings, Ndoowa and Agaba Ebintu. These are the first singles off her forthcoming album. The songs will hit the airwaves soon.

Ndoowa is a low tempo Afro-jazz cut, pulsating with enticing lyrics. Sang in Luganda and Swahili, Zani guides her listeners through her world mellow music and features Cameroonian singers to give the song a continental appeal.

Ndoowa is produced by Andre Manga and features vocals by Josiman Mabela, a Cameroonian based in Hollywood.

Americans Derral Krooks and Gerald King make their contributions to the song on the solo guitar and saxophone respectively, while Zani’s big brother, Shanks Gumaras, produced the song.
Zani then steps up the tempo on the slapstick Agaba Ebintu, on which the singer discusses the socio-economic effects of the AIDS scourge. The song is produced by Andre Manga from Hollywood.

Zani kicked off her career at the age of eight, performing in schools and church choirs.

Even though she has had a stab at acting and modelling, it is music that she takes more seriously.

Hollywood-based Zani plots comeback

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