She has the beat, message, voice and appeal—a rare combination in most female artists. Of them all, the greatest is the message that has transformed her into a voice for most voiceless women.
Surprisingly, she is a mere college student without authority in society to stand on a podium. Knowing her social status and the power of music, she has spoken for a lot of women through her reggae and dancehall music.
Those in abusive relationships. Those played upon. And widows mired in property grabbing.
That’s how Sangie, as she is known in music circles, has wanted to introduce herself onto the music scene with five singles, presently enjoying massive airplay in various television and radio stations.
As a rising singer, born Angel Mbekeani, she has proved to be a revelation, and—at 21, she is surely for the future as long as she maintains the vibe in an industry mostly dominated by male voices.
Sample Ndangozizidwa then I do it for Love to understand her potential that requires further exploration.
Sangie understands that music ought to be a vehicle for social change, transcending all other uses such as for mere entertainment.
She has used her music to give a voice to the voiceless girls, women and, to a lighter extent, men.
“I can’t stand on a podium and advocate for anything. But I can do it through music,” says Sangie who gets her inspiration from a Jamaican female singer Queen Ifrica.
Her music, mostly through songs such as I do it for love and Busy, tackles issues of unfaithfulness in relationships and how that affects ladies.
The songs expose why women remain in relationships despite being aware that the boyfriend or husband is unfaithful.
“I still go [out] with you when I know you are a cheater, I do it for Love,” she sings.
But the most touching song is the chart topping Ndangozizidwa which delves into issues of property grabbing following death of a husband.
It is a widespread topic in most cultures, but her packaging brings to the fore the creative genius in the Blantyre resident.
She uses the imagery of a person who needs an embrace due to a cold weather to expound the condition of a woman who has been grabbed of a house, children and other valuables after losing a husband.
Death is presented as a salvage that takes away the pillar of a family in order to disintegrate the family just as a house would not stand without the main supporting pole.
“I wanted to be different. Try something that people, especially ladies don’t do. I wanted to represent my fellow girls and women through such music,” said Sangie.
“I want women and girls not to feel inferior when doing things. They should see themselves as individuals who are able and can achieve as much as men,” she added.
Sangie came to the limelight between 2013 and 2014 with I Do it For Love which was recorded at Tanda Media in Blantyre.
Since then, she has gone on to recording and releasing several songs.
“Before 2013, I was an underground artist. But friends advised me to take music seriously, and that’s when I came up with I Do It For Love.
“Up to this day, I have recorded so many songs, but I can’t tell when I will release an album,” she said.
Sangie is being managed by Yung Degree of Real Friends Entertainment. If managed properly, we could be talking of a powerful female singer lasting decades on the music scene.
“I don’t want to be a seasonal musician. I want to be a musician of all seasons in reaching out to the vulnerable; an artist of impact in my society,” she said of her plans.