In the fourth and final part of our conversation with Rouge we delve into the last chapter of The New Era Sessions which is centered around women, overcoming and being proud of who you are. She goes into detail about how the sisterhood between her, Moozlie and Ms Cosmo formed. We love that 'cause it's not often that we see us women getting along in the game (for some lame reason). Anyway, she shares the beams between her and her sister Moozlie who could very well be her twin despite the fact that they seem so different.
I, on the other hand, am here for the discussion of one of my favourite tracks on the album, Mabele. The song means, "soil" in Lingana - an indigenous language of Congo. I just love everything about that song. The spirit of hope, those heavy strings that consume the track, and Rouge's piercing vocals are all enough to make you shed a thug tear. I'm actually playing it now as I write this. Anyway, she tells the story of how her parents came to South Africa hoping for a better life and that all they want for her is to be okay in this life thing. We can totally relate. Now I know why this song tugs at my heart like this. The pride in her heritage is a grand way to close off her album reminding everyone of who she is, most importantly making her parents proud in the same breath. Magical.