Ami Faku Biography: Age, Early Life, Music Career, The Voice SA, Record Label, Discography
Amanda “Ami” Faku is a renowned South African Afro-soul singer, performer, and songwriter who has made a significant impact on the music industry.
Her journey from a township in Gqeberha to becoming a celebrated artist is a testament to her talent and dedication.
Ami Faku was born on 28 May 1993. As of 2023, she is 30 years old.
Ami Faku’s Early Life
Ami Faku’s early life was deeply rooted in her hometown of eZinyoka, Gqeberha.
Ami Faku Music Career
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.
It was within these church walls that her musical journey began to take shape. She started recording music in early 2012, with her producer conveniently residing just a few blocks away from her home.
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.
Ami Faku Debut Single and Collaborations
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.
Ami continued to make waves with collaborations, including “Into Ingawe” with South African DJ and producer Sun-El Musician, which received 3× platinum certification. Her single “Inde Lendlela” was also certified platinum.
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 nominations for Best Female in Southern Africa and Best Newcomer at the African Muzik Magazine Awards in November 2020.
Ami Faku Streaming Success
In 2020, Ami Faku was recognized as the most-streamed female artist in South Africa by Deezer, 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 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