Hail Queen Zahara!
ZAHARA is simply the best. She writes her music, plays the guitar and can sing too.
She is talented and among the best our country has produced.
She may not be in the league of Thandiswa Mazwai, Lira, Simphiwe Dana and the late Brenda Fassie, and comparing her with them may be a bit off the mark.
The former three are big names in their own right, but can't match her record sales on her inaugural album Loliwe.
In the popularity stakes, she seems to be following in the footsteps of Fassie, but she has more to do to get to Brenda's level.
She has been in the music industry for only eight months but on Monday night she won eight awards at the South African Music Awards, which were held at Sun City in North West. The Samas, as they are popularly known, are like the Grammy Awards and arecoveted among artists.
Zahara comes from a disadvantaged background in Phumlani, a poverty-stricken village not far from East London, in Eastern Cape. Like any other black person, she almost did not realise her dream.
When TS Records discovered her she was performing at a club in her home town. Zahara did not believe her luck and so far she has not disappointed.
Her position should be likened to a beautiful dream that the country will not want to see coming to an end, not only for her but for TS Records.
TS Records is one of the black-owned and independent recording companies in the country.
There were reports that it was going bankrupt before Zahara joined the stable. She gave it a shot in the arm.
Recently, there were also reports that TS Records was not treating her well. These led to the Eastern Cape government intervening.
This was a first.
Other artists are left to fend for themselves. The government only came to the rescue of the late Brenda Fassie and Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde by arranging their funerals. The two were national assets too, but died poor.
Zahara has to protect herself and not be taken in by the glamour of fame.
Almost every main event in the country features her in the line-up. She is our national star, celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people all over the country.
Could she be something that could take us beyond the greatness of the likes of Fassie, and lead a responsible life rather than that of the pop icon who succumbed to social pressures?
Well done Zahara. But beware of the ills that come with fame.