There was excitement all around when Candy’s album “Hupenyu Unenge Viri ” won best traditional Album of the year at the Sama’s this past weekend. Candy says that she is over the moon. She feels extremely happy, proud and blessed. More especially because the category of best traditional Album of the year is the biggest category because it represents our culture and heritage. “When tourists come into South Africa, they look at our culture, food, dress code and the music we listen to. It’s important that we preserve our culture and our heritage. “, says Candy
Her award winning album Hupenyu Unenge Viri scored a Sama25 under the category of Best Traditional Album. The album title is a shona term which means “Bophelo bu swana li libidi” which can be loosely translated as “life is like a wheel, it is always evolving”. One day you have it all and the next day you have nothing. Candy also expresses that it could also mean that you might have all the money in the world and still lack the core value of love.
Candy featured Bekezela from Zimbabwe, Benny Mayingane, Sho Majozi, Makhadzi Muimbi, Nonny D from Nigeria, Mr MO, Napo Mashiane and Dr Frank from Nigeria amongst many other artists on this album. Some producers that worked on this album are: Junior SA from Pretoria, Pax Africah, a former Uhuru member DJ clap. Candy expresses that the album was even more special because it featured producer,sing writer and rapper Monica T, daughter if the the late Peter T to whom Candy’s musical journey began. Candy would love to thank her PR from Kalawa Jazmee and Ngoako Tembisa on record.
The award winning singer recently landed a role on the SABC2 drama series Giyani–Land of Blood. She is excited about her role as she gets to show case her God given talents. Candy is fortunate to know and speak eight South African languages.
Hupenyu Unenge Viri is the second album after Tsa Mandebele. It was released in November 2018 and has been doing really well ever since. During recording there were many obstacles that many artists face before releasing an album. Candy expresses that the language barrier was an issue to some artists she wanted to collaborate with.
Candy said the title of the album has a lesson about life. “It means life is like the value of a car. It needs to be respected and treated well as it can change in future.” The album is available on all digital platforms. SA Music Promo wishes to congratulate Candy on all her achievements.