In a year where a number of musicians experienced challenges, singer Naima Kay made a grand return to the music scene with the release of new material, starting with her single Imimoya.
Having grown, loved and healed in the four years since her last album, the 29-year-old star is ready to return with new stories from the same incredible voice we’ve come to know and love over the years.
Queen Kay returns
We were super excited to hear new music from you earlier this year when you dropped Imimoya. What made you decide to drop it at this time?
My single imimoya dropped on the 6th of November 2020, to build the anticipation for the upcoming album, my supporters on social media have been crying for this release, I thought let me wrap a Christmas gift for them in a form of a single for now, then a full album early next year. Also I feel like the timing of releasing this single is Perfect! relating to what inspires the song. I wrote the song thinking about some of my personal experiences and other people’s experiences that I felt they need God’s intervention, and also looking at what is happening in our country or in the world even, I’m talking about Women and child Abuse, Human Trafficking, The Pandemic we are facing currently, then I thought if things are like this in our world, what must it be like in the spiritual realm. That’s the angle I took with this song. As we may know, the spiritual realm is another world on its own, where a whole new language applies. With all the bad fighting the good, I plead to the higher powers that be, to come down and be the mediator to fix all that is wrong.
The song has some gospel undertones. After the year we have all had, was it important to give us a spiritually affirming track?
Yes it was very important, I feel like what is happening is bigger than us really, so this song is basically a prayer. Secondly I always make sure to include a song or two that has Gospel undertones on my albums, if you remember my first single Lelilanga on my debut album, so it’s on brand!
We read that it was inspired by some of the losses you experienced in the last two years. As an artist, does making music about your experiences add to the healing process?
As I have mentioned earlier, Yes the song was also inspired by my personal experiences that I felt they need God’s intervention. I truly believe that Music have healing powers.
We know you’re working on a new album, titled Queen Kay. Is Imimoya a sign of what is to come on the new record?
Yes I’ve been working on my Fourth Studio Album, “Working title” Queen Kay (I don’t have the official tittle yet) , Imimoya is the first single from my upcoming album. I’m am playing with different sounds on the album, so it’s not a house album as Imimoya would suggest, There is tribal house sound, afro soul, afro pop, so it’s the sound you would you normally expect from me with some surprises in between. I still write a lot about love, which I know people love the most.
We know that you and the late Robbie Malinga were also quite close and you expressed your hurt when he passed away. We later learned that he wrote/produced a final song for you before he passed. Will Shelang’ eData be part of your upcoming album?
I won’t lie, it still hurts that Uncle Robbie is no longer with us physically, but he will forever be in our hearts and our memories, of cause I have to pay tribute to him, the Data song will definitely be included in the album.
What can you reveal about the artists and producers you’ll be working with on your upcoming album?
I have a very good relationship with my day ones, all the producers I’ve been working with since my Debut, I am still working with them for this album too, Mjakes Thebe, Mondli Ngcobo and Siphiwe Jula.
We also read about a beautiful new relationship that you’re currently in. Can we expect some love songs on your album?
Ha ha! I love love, I believe in love, of course you can expect love songs.
One thing we have always admired about you is how you balance your career with a very private life behind the scenes. What’s the key to keeping your personal life private?
Look, I’m in Business, Naimakay literally has no personal life, it’s just Business, when I am at home I am Lungile and Lungile has no business with putting her personal life out there.
What are you looking forward to doing the most after Covid-19 goes away?
Work, work and more work. Going back to events in full capacity and the energy of a happy audience. Besides music I had other plans for this year but Covid-19 happened . I am all for women empowerment and I love children, I’m looking forward to work in programs that empower Women and Children through my foundation next year.