Platinum-Selling Muso Amanda Black Talks MMA Nominations In Exclusive Interview

One can be forgiven for saying she’s had a glittering career in music already. Even though she just released her debut album a few months ago.

Amanda Benedicta Antony was part of the highly acclaimed  Idols SA Season 11, her debut album reached platinum status in three weeks and to top it all of, she leads the list with the most nomination in the first award show of the year.

The Amazulu hitmaker continues the long standing tradition of chart topping and platinum selling artists born and bread in the Eastern Cape with the likes of Nathi Mankayi and Zahara being the most recent artists to hit double platinum with their first offering. The songstress scored 5 nods for the upcoming Metro FM Music Awards in the Best Pop, Best Female, Best RnB, Best New Artist and Song of the Year categories (See full list Here). Leading the pack with most nominations, Amanda describes her incredible year in music and how she plans on remaining at the top.

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QuenchSA: How did the link with Ambitiouz Entertainment come about?

Amanda: The label approached me in end May 2016, got an email from the CEO, said he saw my videos online and he liked the music. From there I replied…couple of weeks later I signed with the label.

QuenchSA: You joined a highly successful roster in Ambitiouz Entertainment artists. Did that have any effect on your choice?

Amanda: It had no effect on my choice because I wasn’t very informed about the hip hop scene in SA, I just knew of the artists.

QuenchSA: What motivated you after falling short of winning the Idols competition?

Amanda: I’ve always wanted to do music so I was not discouraged when I didn’t win. I was motivated by my constant dream of making it in music and sharing my music with the world.

QuenchSA: Your album hit platinum status under a month. Did you anticipate such numbers?

Amanda: I didn’t anticipate my album going platinum in 3 weeks! I was hoping and crossing fingers that eventually it would go platinum and that people would love my music, so I was really surprised when the album went platinum in 3 weeks.

QuenchSA: What do you attribute your early success to?

Amanda: A dedicated team, hard work, passion persistence and God’s perfect timing.

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Amanda’s early days when she captured the hearts of millions of viewers on Idols SA. Photo Supplied.

QuenchSA: Your sound cannot be boxed into one category. Is that by design?

Amanda: I didn’t set out to do something “different” or “new” I just set out to make music that people can relate to. Music that is good.

QuenchSA: Your album has been nominated five times in the upcoming Metro FM Music Awards. It must be surreal?

Amanda: It definitely feels unreal! I think I won’t fully grasp that it’s really happening until the actual night. I think even then it would still feel like a dream. I’m so excited and honored to be nominated.

QuenchSA: Which gong do you want to win the most?

Amanda: I would not say no at all if I were to take all the categories I have been nominated for, but if I really had to choose, it would be Best AFRO Pop, Best New artist , Best Female, Best RnB single and Song of the year.

QuenchSA: You majored in Opera. Is that an avenue you are still planning to venture into?

Amanda: Definitely! I’m planning on exploring all avenues of my artistry and use what I know and learn what I don’t. So yes, my classical studies will be incorporated in my music at some point.

QuenchSA: Which artists do yo wish to work with in the near future?

Amanda: I would really love to work with Thandiswa Mazwai one day, and definitely a duet with Afrotraction would warm the hearts of many.

QuenchSA: With such number on your first project the sky is the limit. What can we expect from you in 2017?

Amanda: Bigger things man bigger things. 2016 brought new and amazing things into my life, debut single Amazulu, Debut Album Amazulu that went platinum in 3 weeks, first music video. So 2017 looks even brighter for Amanda Black. More performances, Amazulu Tour, Live Recordings. Just more and more performance of songs from the album. Just expect more from Amanda Black, this is only just the beginning!! What an amazing one it is, thank you to everyone who has been supporting my music and bought the song and the album. I really appreciate your support.

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