Ami Faku Biography
Amanda “Ami” Faku is a renowned South African Afro-soul singer, performer, and songwriter who has significantly impacted the music industry.
Ami Faku’s Early Life
Ami Faku’s early life was deeply rooted in her hometown of eZinyoka, Gqeberha.
At the tender age of 6, she discovered her profound passion for music. Her musical influences were diverse, ranging from the church to reggae and hip-hop. Ami Faku’s father, who served as a pastor at their local church, allowed her to showcase her singing talent within the church community.
The Voice SA Journey
Ami Faku’s musical journey faced its share of challenges. Before achieving recognition, she faced rejection twice during the pre-auditions of Idols SA. Undeterred by these setbacks, her family provided unwavering support and encouraged her to audition for “The Voice SA,” a decision that would change her life forever. Ami succeeded in making it to the top sixteen contestants in “The Voice SA,” which marked her major breakthrough in the music industry.
Record Label Signing
Although she didn’t win “The Voice SA,” her talent and potential did not go unnoticed. She was signed by The Vth Season record label, marking a significant turning point in her career.
Debut Single and Collaboration
Following her success on “The Voice SA,” Ami Faku released her debut single, “Ndikhethe Wena,” which garnered attention and set the stage for her future successes. She collaborated with De Mogul SA on the song “Ungowam,” and on 31 January 2020, she featured in “uWrongo,” a hit single by South African DJ Prince Kaybee, alongside Shimza and Black Motion. The song achieved gold certification from the Recording Industry of South Africa.
Debut Studio Album
On 27 September 2020, Ami Faku released her debut studio album, “Imali,” which subsequently achieved gold certification. The album featured collaborations with notable producers such as Blaq Diamond, Sun-El Musician, 37MPH, Eternal Africa, and Wilson. Her outstanding work earned her Best Female in Southern Africa nominations and Best Newcomer at the African Muzik Magazine Awards in November 2020.
In 2020, Deezer recognised Ami Faku as the most-streamed female artist in South Africa, solidifying her status as a music industry powerhouse.
EP and Further Collaborations
Ami’s career continued to soar with the release of her EP titled “EA Wave Reimagines” in August. She also collaborated with Wichi 1080 on the single “Never Let You Go” and released “Lala Ngoxolo” featuring South African rapper Emtee.
Recent Collaborations and Achievements
In September 2021, Ami was featured on “Abalele” by Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa, which debuted at number 4 on Spotify Charts. In October 2021, she collaborated with singer Sha Sha on Nomfundo Moh’s single “Phakade Lami” and contributed to the “African Lullabies Part 1” compilation album by Platoon. In November 2021, she joined forces with Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa on the single “Asibe Happy,” further showcasing her versatility and influence in the music industry.
Ami Faku’s Discography
Here is a list of Ami Faku’s notable songs and albums:
- Lose You
- Love Drunk – Single
- Ndikhethe Wena
- Into Ingawe
- Ubuhle Bakho
- Inde Lendlela