Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter
Twenty 25-year-old Amapiano songstress Petronella “Lalla” Matipa has been featured in a love song, Nakupenda by South African singer Stoan and Eddy Kenso from Uganda.
The song was produced by South African wheel-spinner, DJ Jabs. The Harare based mbira player grew up in Bulawayo before relocating to Harare where she began her career.
She says the song Nakupenda is a true reflection of her musical journey.
“It was produced by DJ Jabs and featured those two artistes. It’s a love song, someone telling the other part how much they are loved.
“An expression of love and I am excited to be recognised,” she said.
Lalla said the recognition means a lot to her career.
“I was noticed by DJ Japs when I was working with Mono Mukundu. Japs wanted me to feature on his album and we did a track as we started working together.
“The track features Eddy Kenso and Stoan who is in the Bongo Mafin crew.
“We have more than 15 songs coming up and this is marking my journey into international recognition.
“This is my first track to be officially out and we are working on doing the video in South Africa soon.
“I am flexible in singing any genre depending on context of the song,” she added.
The singer began her career in 2015 when she had her first recording in Bulawayo before relocating to Harare in 2017.
“I came to Harare in 2018 where I enrolled at the Zimbabwe College of Music.
“Following that I ventured into the industry much more professionally with Mbira instrument and recorded five songs.
“I then launched my EP in 2019 and from there I have been doing some jam session, performances at small events,” said Lalla.
She cites financial challenges as hindrances to success in the music industry.
“Financial constraints are affecting most of the artistes since they are not able to record music and videos.
“It’s a major setback as we not showcase our talents as well as lack of airplay.”