‘Sincerely Yours’ - Ami Faku is for us all
She might be a new name to many right now, but Ami Faku is bound to be an unforgettable talent for those lucky enough to listen to her.
JOHANNESBURG - South African musician and songwriter Ami Faku’s bio reads, “With a voice that commands the attention of any room she sings in, Ami Faku is a rare musical gem from the Eastern Cape that will undoubtedly be one of the most important voices to come out of South Africa in the twenty-tens.”
After sitting in her latest rehearsal and looking over her accomplishments over the last year, that bio fits like a glove.
Faku displays her uniqueness through her successes: she is the only newcomer to feature in the Top 15 of the Radiomonitor Top 200 chart of 2019, the only newcomer to have three songs on Apple Music’s 100 Best Songs of 2019, the only newcomer featured on Spotify’s Top 10 Most Streamed South African Female Artists in South Africa, she was selected as Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight for the month of October last year, and she’s had her single. Ubuhle Bakho featured as a wedding song on popular TV show, Uzalo.
Sitting outside the studio in Bramley during her rehearsals, she confidently introduces herself with a smile. She has two performances coming up in Johannesburg - one on 12 March and a sold-out concert on 13 March - both at Untitled Basement.
She describes her music as “all about the soul and emotion” but modern at the same time because she wanted her music to represent and define who she is, as well as her experiences of those with whom she has come into contact.
“I love honesty and I’m in-tune with my emotions. So all that is in me - I wanted to take and put into my music,” she explains.
She describes her music as modern afro-soul because it’s “youthful, but a 60-year-old could also listen to it”.
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Faku’s evident sense of self and humbleness is felt throughout her music. This makes her and her songs instantly relatable.
With her list of successes, she has still not yet come to terms with her own achievements and says she “still can’t believe this because it’s been a dream of mine. I’m very happy and grateful.”
Faku’s future plans include collaborations and growing her writing talents more. She also intends to travel more and perfect her craft. “I just want to grow and be fantastic, and look back in December and say ‘mmmm can’t believe that’s me.’”
But she’s happy – for now - with how far she’s come.
Her production this week, titled Sincerely yours, will be an intimate experience devoted to the people who love her music and would like to understand her talent better.
Ubuhle Bakho is a song so beautifully delivered, it leaves little room for doubt as to its place at so many South African weddings right now. But having her music played at your intimate affair is like having your own sister sing for your love. This is what makes Faku for us all.