By Jeoffrey Mukubi
AWARD-WINNING singer and songwriter, Anastasia Linus, better known by her stage name Ann Singer, has confirmed that she has signed with Mabala Noise Entertainment, a major record label in South Africa.
The record label is producing some of the biggest names in South African music, including Nasty C, Khanyi Mbau, Zola, Gigi Lamayne, Lvovo Derrango, Du Boiz and DJ Chynaman, to mention a few.
Ann said she officially signed with the record label at the end of last year, but her interactions with its executives began in March 2016, when she and Mabala Noise Marketing Director, Flabba Rimonsco, met briefly.
“A friend of mine introduced me to Flabba and we talked for a little while about who I was and also about my music,” she said.
“I didn’t know how big of a deal it was then, because in April last year, he called and asked me to go to their headquarters, which is in Johannesburg,” Ann said.
She said she was very sceptical of Mabala Noise Entertainment at first, but did as much research as she could about the record label, which was started in 2015 by African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) National Treasurer, Reggie Nkabinde, and DJ Bongz.
Nkabinde was accused of money laundering by Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, last year, but the accusation, according to South African media, has fallen on deaf ears.
In February, Malema and the party’s national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, took to social media to criticise the Metro FM Awards, saying it said was not the right platform to honour legendary musicians Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, while alleging that the awards were corrupted by Mabala Noise.“I eventually decided to go to Johannesburg in October, and since it was my first time flying and going to a foreign country, I decided to take a friend along, because I was afraid of what could happen if I embarked on the journey alone,” Ann told Confidente this week.
Fortunately, her trip to Johannesburg was successful, and she came back with a contract. She didn’t share the content of the contract, but reiterated that signing it was just the tip of the iceberg.
When asked if she was planning to move to South Africa, Ann said, “No, I am not going anywhere right now. I have a lot to commit to here at home, but they (Mabala Noise Entertainment) understand that I still need to finish my degree in radiography and I applaud them for it.”
Her debut album, Bulletproof, won four awards at the 2016 edition of the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), when she was still being managed by Deal Done Records owner, Djodic ‘Antonio’ Dragan.
According to Ann, Antonio wanted to renew her contract with Deal Done Records, but she declined, and her contract came to an end.
“Antonio and I are cool. Although he wanted me to stay, he realised that Mabala Noise Entertainment could do much more for my music career.
“I’m extremely confident and I believe that taking this risk will bring me and the Namibian nation, nothing but success,” she said.
Ann concluded by saying that she is grateful for the opportunity to be exposed to another country.
“God has a plan for me, and I am happy to be following in the footsteps of Gazza and Lady May, who have made a name for themselves in the South African music industry.”
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015