On Imali, Ami Faku crafts a compelling debut album with her refreshing take on Afro soul. Over eclectic production, the Port Elizabeth native traverses love’s different stages through intimate songwriting and moving performances. With help from Blaq Diamond, Sun-El Musician and 37MPH, the vocalist foregrounds her culture while infusing her music with a youthful touch. “(I tried) to embrace where I come from and also celebrate it,” she tells Apple Music. “I wanted to represent African sounds and show that I’m proud to be Xhosa.” She does exactly that, with impactful story arcs highlighted by standouts like “Ebhayi” and “Tshomi Yam”. Here, Ami breaks down each track on her 11-track suite.