Lady Zamar has teamed up with music platform Deezer to release a funky curated playlist titled My Heritage in Music.
In celebration of Heritage Month, the playlist takes listeners on a journey of Zamar’s musical heritage as she shares some of her special music moments. With songs from Dolly Parton to Lucky Dube, the playlist offers a variety of music for listeners to enjoy.
“Music is the only thing that can really change a person from the inside,” explains Lady Zamar. With a music catalogue including the hits Collide, Love Is Blind and Criminal, the songstress has fast become a national treasure. She speaks about what musical heritage means to her.
Lady Zamar My Heritage in Music Q and A:
What does music heritage mean to you and what role has music played in your heritage?
Music heritage is the history that makes up who I am. I have always been a person who loves playing music. For every emotion, every time, and every memory there is a song attached to that, that has helped me grow as a person and deal with things. So, music has played a really big part in making sure I am where I am.
What is your first/or a significant music memory?
It has to be the first time I sang in church. I was about 11 years old, and I remember I was so scared in front of people, at that time it looked like a really, really big crowd!
Is/are there any specific people in your family that you can attribute your love for music to?
My entire family: my dad absolutely loved singing and was my vocal coach and tutor. My mum loved family worship. My dad would always insist that we watch musical shows; I remember watching the Phantom of the Opera, it was a three hours long and I was moved beyond. My older sister and I used to sing together in church. My little sister grooms me, and my little brother is a producer, so yeah, basically the entire family.
What artists or songs are ingrained in your upbringing?
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – it’s a song by Smokie, my dad used to sing it all the time. And there is also a song by Celine Dion, called I Drove all Night. My dad travelled a lot so whenever he was on the road, driving for so many hours, he would always play music, especially that last track.
I think there was also a lot of Boney M, Lucky Dube, Brenda Fassie and Enrique Iglesias. Also Dolly Parton and Jim Reeves.
What power do you believe music has to affect change?
Music is the only thing that can really change a person from the inside. As a person making music, I make sure that the things I put out there are positive things that will help people instead of making them feel worse about their lives. Music helps you without you realising it; music has the power to make you happy or to elevate a bad mood. Music also is something that you can attach to a memory and a person.
If you could go back in time and watch any concert before, who would you go and see?
I would go see Adele, I think she was and is amazing. But if we talk about the past before my time I think I would go see Michael Jackson – he was an amazing musician and performer.
How does a typical family gathering look for you?
It is always very, very strange when I meet with my family, half of the time I feel like I am discovering new members of the family, the other half re-establishing old connections.
My entire family loves talking, when you are around them it always feels like there is a war, but actually it is just a lot of love, people shouting, people discussing and laughing the whole time.
What foods are close to home and what tracks will the family be fighting over?
Foods close to home would be pap, spinach, fish and chicken. Those are things that my family absolutely love, and there is this weird thing that started recently – garlic bread. There has to be a garlic loaf somewhere. So those are foods that are really close. I personally love tea and I feel like tea is the one thing in our family that we all have in common.
In terms of music – these days they play a lot of gospel so these are the kind of songs we’ll be listening to. I think music has changed within our family – at one point we used to listen to a lot of blues, soul, reggae and country but now it’s just a lot of gospel.
Listen to Lady Zamar My Heritage in Music on Deezer: http://dzr.fm/LZHeritage