Brenda Mtambo opens up about her latest album, ‘Sane,’ describing it as a source of healing and sanity during a challenging period in her life.
The accomplished musician, known for her soulful voice, shares that ‘Sane’ holds immense personal significance as it emerged during the lowest and darkest phase of her life.
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Chronic anxiety, inherited from her mother’s struggles with mental health, added another layer of complexity to Brenda’s journey.
Expressing the therapeutic role of her music, Brenda emphasizes that the purpose of her art is rooted in healing.
Amid divorce, the loss of her mother, and various life challenges, ‘Sane’ became her refuge. The album, marking her third studio release after a five-year gap, served as a sanctuary where Brenda poured out her emotions and found solace.
Brenda explains how she would turn to the studio during difficult times, sometimes shedding tears or grappling with speechlessness.
In the midst of darkness, ‘Sane’ emerged as a collection of songs, each narrating a unique story. Tracks like ‘Hamba Nathi’ and ‘Awuyedwa’ reflect Brenda’s journey, offering prayers and acknowledging shared struggles.
On World Mental Health Day, Brenda, who has been vocal about her mental health journey, shares insights into managing her chronic condition.
She advocates for allowing oneself to feel and go through the emotions rather than resisting. Brenda, embracing her vulnerability, acknowledges the importance of self-reflection, prayer, and writing as therapeutic practices.
Openly sharing that she is on anxiety medication, Brenda dismantles stigmas surrounding mental health and encourages others to seek help.
By understanding her condition, Brenda empowers herself to navigate through episodes, emphasizing the importance of self-care, prayer, and reading in her daily routine.