South African artists reveal the inspiration and creative process behind their latest hits. First up, Amanda Black.
Apple Music ‘Song Stories’ is a new short-form video series that dives into the creative process, inspirations and challenges faced by some of the country’s leading artists – Amanda Black, Ami Faku, Elaine, Nasty C and Sha Sha.
The Apple Music Song Stories offer a glimpse into what it takes to be the artists they are today and include them sharing specific tales behind their latest tracks.
First up is Amanda Black. With songs ranging from the melancholic and introspective, to the more upbeat and celebratory, we find out more about what has made her such a creative force and sought-after multi-nominated platinum vocalist. Her most recent track is“Afrika”, featuring Nigerian artist Adekunle Gold.
The track “Afrika” reveals the extent of her pride in her culture and speaks about the importance and relevance of racial diversity. This is the reason behind her choice of “Black” as a stage name.
Her mother played a hugely influential role in her life, teaching her a sense of dignity in her land, her people and her gifts as a musician. In “Afrika” she refers to her with great pride as an “African queen like no other”. “Afrika” is an ode to “respect”, “power and grace”, the future and her motherland.