Being the daughter of a Zimbabwean musical legend leaves big shoes to fill. With a track record of successful singles, from Kure Kure with Jah Prayzah, Mukoko with Tytan, Bhachura (REMIX) with ExQ and Whatchu Want? with her sister Chengeto, she had shown that she has the midas touch when it comes to collaborative hits. Ammartia was to be her owninig her throne on the Zimbabwean musical landscape.
Those in the know had been waiting for Ammartia for some years now, its release was a relief to many. Its countdown would have seen the release of the Akiliz video, which had been teased for some time but alas certain elements (who Ammara will not disclose) put a spanner in the works. Enough of that, let’s get to the album shall we.
Ammartia starts off in celebratory mode with Da Nile (a play on the word denial) where Ammara lets her guard down, stops being in denial and gives in to her suitor, who may or not be Akiliz.
Havarare is a tribute the Zimbabwean capital city, Harare, whose name literally translates to “they do not sleep”. If you do not get down to this song you are being robbed of an opportunity. Originally released 2 years I have to say that this 2017 version is better than the original.
Mukoko follows thereafter (I will not rehash previous reviews here) then Tawina enters featuring a solo by Hugh Masekela. Tawina (We have won) continues the celebration then we see trouble in paradise with Whatchu Want? and Akiliz.
Sey No sees Ammara move on from Akiliz (well at least we hope so) and tells her new bae not to say no to her. Nutty O stands his own ground with a mixed patois/Shona verse. Potential radio hit alert.
This new relationship seems to take another turn in Crystal Blue Moon where she accepts her side chic status connecting to the following track Next Lifetime, which when they are likely to be together again.
The love in Ammara is evident as she also shares her love for her son in Khameel’s Kick and her mother in Ode to Mama.
Even through all the pain and public perceptions of her (darkness) Ammara still glows in the dark. Stripped down to acapella she lays herself bare in a fitting epilogue to Ammartia.
Below is my score of Ammartia.
You can stream and buy Ammartia below