Amanda Black Thrills On Feel Good Live Sessions StageF 

Idols alumni Amanda Black is the 17th artist to grace JR’s Feel Good Live Session stage this year, the sessions showcase weekly stripped down performances by various artists, creating an intimate space with a sundowner backdrop. Shekhinah, Lady Zamar, Bucie, A-Reece, Sjava, Kwesta, Emtee and JR himself are some of the names to have performed on the stage.

We were first Introduced to this voice in 2015 during season 11 of Idols, a singing competition tv series, where she made it to the Top 7. After signing with indie record label Ambitiouz Entertainment, Amanda went on to release her platinum selling debut album Amazulu last November after the massive success of her debut single of the same title. The album also earned her 5 nominations apiece at the Metro FM Music Awards and South African Music Awards. She is one of the most exciting talents in recent years.

Amanda opens the show with Kahle, a feel good love song co-written by label mate Sjava, one of the more happy songs on the album. A song about making women feel good about themselves in relationships. The happiness quickly moves to heartbreak as we get into Uzobuya, which deals with being left with a broken heart by a lover. Amanda beautifully articulates that point in a break up when partners start to drift apart, from unreturned calls and texts to growing distance.

As she gets into her version of Miss Pru’s Phumelela, a #FeesMustFeel theme song, you quickly get the impression that this is Amanda in her element, her voice encapsulates the mood of this black struggle song with conviction. This is a powerful version of the original. We follow with Sinazo, named and dedicated to a childhood friend Sinazo who died at 13, an emotive song asking questions of what could’ve been had death not taken her away.

Another cover comes in the form of a short chorus only performance of I Do, a beautiful matrimonial song she wrote for fellow stable mate LaSauce. Amanda ends the show with her debut single Amazulu, a prophetic reflection on her life, fears and come-up. When Kanye said “Go listen to all my music. It’s the codes of self esteem. It’s the codes of who you are? If you’re a Kanye West fan, you are not a fan of me. You’re a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I’m just the expresso. I’m just the shot in the morning to get you going, to make you believe that you could overcome that situation that you are dealing with all the time”, this is what he meant. The Amazulu performance is intense, captivating and emotive, a soundtrack to power you through any challenge in life.

This was one of the best performances on the platform.

Watch the episode below

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