Candy ditches disco for Afro-pop sounds

CANDY Mokoena, the disco musician known for her collaborations with almost every musician of note, has just reinvented herself.

CANDY Mokoena, the disco musician known for her collaborations with almost every musician of note, has just reinvented herself.

She is to release a self- titled album called Candy. The album - an Afro-pop soul - according to the singer, is a departure from her Tsonga disco tradition.

"I have completely reinvented myself with this sound. This is the new Candy who is exploring the music that she has grown listening to, but until now has had no chance of pursuing. I have performed and written songs with almost every musician of note, from Oskido, Esta M, Revolution and others. But now this is the real me. This is my sound and my calling. I have just completed the album, which will be released through Sony BMG in collaboration with my recording label, Mosekedi Records Productions, which I co-own with Emeka Nwachukwu," she said.

The songs in the album are in a number of languages, including xiTsonga, Sepedi and Tshivenda, which the musician says will appeal to a wider audience.

In 1993, Candy joined the late Peter Tenet's band and composed a song for the Shangaan disco king, which propelled him to the top.

"When I came up with this concept I wanted to work with some of the top musicians I have helped in their careers. But they were reluctant to help me out," she says.

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