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“Loliwe” is a song by South African singer-songwriter Zahara. It was officially released on August 31, 2011 as the first single from her debut studio album of the same name.

In an interview with NTV Kenya, Zahara described “Loliwe” as a song written to inspire one to achieve their destiny through patience and perseverance. Zahara said the song is primarily about the train that transported her fathers and forefathers from Johannesburg to East London during the Apartheid era. Furthermore, she said many people had hope that the train will bring their love ones back. [3] “Loliwe” was composed with a five string guitar.

The music video for the single was directed by Ash Dibben of Mastermax Films. [5] It has eclipsed the 1.3 million views mark on YouTube.

Zahara won the “Female Artist of the Year” and “Newcomer of the Year” awards at the 18th South African Music Awards for “Loliwe”.[6] The song also won the “Best Selling Full-Track Download of the Year” award at the aforementioned awards. “Loliwe” garnered the “Song of the Year” award at the 2011 Metro FM Music Awards.[7] Zahara won the “Best Female Artist from Southern Africa” award at the 2012 Kora Awards,[8] and was nominated for “African Artist Of The Year” nomination at The Headies 2012 for the song. [9] Moreover, the song won the “Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone” award at the 19th Annual South African Music Awards. [10] The music video for “Loliwe” won the “Best Female Video” award at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.


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