Camagwini ends self-imposed exile

Camagwini is back making music again.
Camagwini is back making music again.
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Afro-rock singer Camagwini is making her way back into music after a five-year hiatus.

Camagwini, real name Siphokazi Buti, said she quit producing music and performing to live a "normal life" after the birth of her child in 2013.

"I just went to the office and told them how I felt in the moment," she said.

"They too did not understand but respected the decision I made. They even said to me I could come back and work [with them].

"Nothing hectic or emotional happened to me, I just wanted to live a normal life."

Camagwini's comeback single, Dubai, will be released under her new home, 4 Billion Records, an independent record label owned by Thabo Mantshiu.

It is also home to kasi hip-hop artist Red Button and Afro-soul musician Indiana.

Mantshiu said that the songwriter signed to the house-music record label last month and has been working tirelessly on Dubai.

"The reason we partnered with her is that she has tapped into this new wave sonically that resonates with our brand and there's a lot of relevance and maturity in her music content," he said.

Camagwini said that Dubai was completely different from her usual style, which featured tribal chants and a live band.

"I am a bit scared because I have been away for such a long time. A lot has changed in the music industry," she said.

She rose to popularity with singles such as Lidal'iThongo, Iqhawe and Isolomzi featuring Sol Phenduka.

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