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By Lesley Mofokeng Entertainment Editor | 2017-08-26 08:55:05.0

When you hear her powerful vocals on her first single Hamba, you'd swear Zanda Zakuza has been at it for the longest time.

But the truth is, it wasn't until she put on high heels and donned a flowing gown to channel Whitney Houston in a high school musical that Zakuza found her voice.

All along, the tomboyish Durbanite was at home in jeans and T-shirts as a dancer for different groups in the city.

She is now comfortable as a singer and describes herself as a soul sista and Amazon queen. Hamba, which she describes as inspirational, is meant to motivate those who hear it to chase after their dreams.

Zakuza says her style of music is meant to be classic and timeless. She takes her time to craft her melodies and lyrics and shuns gimmicks. "I always aim for music with meaning. There should be a message in the music. I won't stop making music because the market has fallen for a different approach. I remain true to my convictions because with my music I can build someone out there," she says.

The single is accompanied by a sexy music video that sees Zakuza celebrate the woman she has become and how she is comfortable in her skin.

She started off as a go-to feature for a couple of DJs before she released Hamba. Some revellers might recognise her voice and face from hit songs like Umvulo with DJ Mdix. She was also a musical regular at Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban.

And now she calls the shots as she prepares to release her debut album Synthia through Open Mic Productions. She has worked with the likes of Prince Kaybee, who features on the next single Yonkinto.

"There is more where the music came from. I can't wait for music lovers to hear what more I'm cooking in the studio."