Lady Zamar
Birth nameYamikani Janet Banda
Born (1987-06-19) June 19, 1987 (age 33)
Tembisa, East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa
OriginMamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Singer
  • Writer
  • Artist
Years active2014–present
LabelsUniversal Music
Associated acts
  • Prince Kaybee
  • DJ Tira
  • Rapsody
  • Tellaman
  • DJ Mshega
  • Junior Taurus
  • Sjava
  • DJ Fortee

Yamikani Janet Banda; known professionally as Lady Zamar, is a South African singer and songwriter.[1] She was born on June 19, 1987[2][3] in Tembisa to a Malawian father and South African mother and was raised in Mamelodi. She mainly incorporates on house music.[4][5][6] In 2019 she was a guest judge on Idols South Africa.


Lady Zamar initially formed a duo with Junior Taurus, and together they had success with their debut album Cotton Candy. Soon after its release she announced that she was moving to a solo career. Her first solo album, King Zamar, was released in March 2017.[1] In February 2018 the album was certified gold,[7][8] 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.[1] At the 2018 South African Music Awards she won the award for Best Dance Album.[9]

Her second solo album Monarch was released on 21 June 2019.[10]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Cotton Candy (with Junior Taurus)
  • Released: 14 October 2015
  • Label: Ca city Records
  • Formats: Digital download
King Zamar
  • Released: 31 March 2017
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
  • Released: 21 July 2019
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
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  4. ^ THAKURDIN, KARISHMA (10 September 2018). "Twitter zones in on Lady Zamar's Idols SA outfit. Again!". TimesLive. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  5. ^ LUVHENGO, PHATHU (12 September 2018). "Lady Zamar's music heritage". DESTINY Magazine. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ Pitjeng, Refilwe. "Huawei Joburg Day: Lady Zamar urges fans to come prepared to sing along". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Lady Zamar Certified Gold with Debut Album King Zamar! | Yule Dark". Yule Dark. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Lady Zamar's album goes gold | Bona Magazine". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  9. ^ "[WATCH] Lady Zamar on winning Best Dance Album at the 2018 SAMAs". 8 June 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Lady Zamar Monarch Album". 20 June 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.