Lady Zamar

Yamikani Janet Banda, known professionally as Lady Zamar, is a South African singer and songwriter. She has had a successful career both as part of a duo with Junior Taurus and as a solo artist.


2015-2016: Lady Zamar & Junior Taurus, Cotton Candy

Lady Zamar and Junior Taurus met in 2011. On October 14, 2015, their debut album Cotton Candy was released. The album produced three singles including “Mamelodi”, “Run Away” and “Pitori”.

At the 22nd ceremony of South African Music Awards, Cotton Candy was nominated for Duo/Group of the Year and Best Dance Album. Soon after its release, Lady Zamar decided to pursue a solo career.

2017-present: Solo projects, King Zamar, Monarch

Her first solo album, King Zamar, was released in March 2017. In February 2018 the album was certified gold and in June 2019 it was certified double platinum.

In 2017, Lady Zamar won the Song of the Year Award at the DStv Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards for her song “Charlotte”, produced by Prince Kaybee. At the 24th South African Music Awards she won the award for Best Dance Album. On 11 March 2018, she headlined to Vivo Nation Festival.

On 9 August 2018, National woman’s day, she performed at a concert dedicated to women alongside fellow artists Mafikizolo and Sho Madjozi.

Her second solo album Monarch was released on 21 June 2019.

At the 2019 4th ceremony of Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards her single “This is Love” won Best house single.


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications:

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
Cotton Candy (with Junior Taurus)Released: 14 October 2015<br>Label: Ca city Records<br>Formats: Digital download
King ZamarReleased: 31 March 2017<br>Label: Universal Music<br>Formats: CD, Digital downloadRiSA: Platinum
MonarchReleased: 21 July 2019<br>Label: Universal Music<br>Formats: CD, Digital download

“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

Throughout her career as a solo artist, she has received several awards, including 5 SAMA awards, 1 Independent Music Award, 1 DMVCA, 2 Dance Awards, 1 Darling Award and Coolest Female Celebrity Award.

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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