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Anatii’s Iyeza Is His Best Work Yet – Album Review

Anatii’s Iyeza is a cohesive, fervent and spiritual journey. He’s found his sound, his faith and, the calling he must heed.

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On October 13, 2018
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Anatii's 10 track album finds him at his most confident as he fully dives into his African heritage to bring us a luxuriant and soulful project

Rarely have we seen an artist whose creative legitimacy has remained as uncontested as Anatii’s. On the contrary, “I feel like he’s going to buy weed at KFC”, is one of the most popular comments on his Youtube account, a reference to him ‘making the pots happen.’

In South Africa’s increasingly cynical – and ever critically discerning – soundscape, the market sometimes goes harder on rappers than they do on politics. Your faves get blasted every other day and you know that.

Yet, apart from the fact that his personal life remains as withheld from the public as much as he shuns the splashy displays that have become hinged to album promotional build ups, its the sheer production virtuosity, talent and compelling storytelling that set him apart.

Anatii Iyeza Review

Perhaps, the 25-year-old rapper feels no pressure.

And why should he? Halfway through his twenties, his catalogue boasts a slew of timeless classics that have shaped the business as much as they disrupted the convention. Things were never quite the same after The Saga, were they? In all honesty, that verse might have introduced Balmain to the better part of our youth. And it’s also here that ‘sexy chubby n****’ became some cool lexicon.

Back to Iyeza. A few songs allude to spiritual callings to which he must heed. That might or might have not influenced a controversial radio presenter to attempt ‘outing’ him as one who has answered a sangoma calling.

Thriving at the periphery of the formulaic tried-and-true, Anatii’s distinct sound and beautiful Xhosa heritage and a strong anchor in contemporary sound continues being a definitive factor in his fascinating journey on his latest album, Iyeza.

Fascinating is the word because, on this album, he departs from playing to mainstream seductions and enters a spiritual realm of unbridled authenticity.

Anatii Iyeza Review

We know that he’s entered a whole new dimension in his career because on this album, he turns to isiXhosa to articulate his most complex, emotional and personal ideas. That’s as true as it is for his song titles – which are mostly in his native language – as much as it is for his beautifully African album artwork and album title. Iyeza means (traditional) medicine.

In many ways, Iyeza is the more refined masterpiece that his previous collaborative project with AKA – Be Careful What You Wish For – aimed to be.

Anatii Iyeza Review

It’s the successor that better showcases Anatii’s multilayered technique, spiritual faith and character. Mind you, that’s not even paying dust to BCWYF, which was a decent contribution to Hip Hop.

This 10 track project finds Anatii straddling the gaps between Trap and traditional African sonic flavours. He’s truly found himself here – bringing nostalgic elements that distil the often understated South African musical footprint to trap 808s in ways that no one else has tackled out here.

There are some subtle electronic synths that enhance African inspired electric guitars and organic traditional sounds on Wena, the album’s opening track. A perfect opener, the song sets the mood and vibe that will become the cohesive thread weaving this album together into an embrace of an authentic African expression of self. The song has the spirit of Jabu Khanyile, Joe Nina, Tshepo Tshole and Caiphus Semenya all over it, without having anything to do with these icons.

One of the album’s best tracks, Ngozi (Danger) follows next. It’s one of the songs in which he makes mention of his ancestors in a spiritual sense, a divine being who is active in his life. Perhaps as a reference to the pressures of heeding a calling, the song explores the conflict between running away, like a fugitive, from what he’s been called to do, or from danger, and the simpler comfort zones. It’s a space that most of us will have to navigate at one point or another.

The end of this song has a beautiful transition into something abstract, spiritual and ethereal. Anatii could be flirting with ululating, or just diving in and out of his African heritage, which contains in it the rich texture of melodic musicality.

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The narrative of risk and foreboding fear of lurking danger continues onto Hlatini, another solid bop on the album. At this point, the album has completely matured in its assumption of a specific identity. The chord progressions and vocals styles are now fully anchored in Africa’s infinite musical universe. Something about the chorus and hook could remind an old soul of the Soul Brothers.

Ndaweni sustains the momentum. With high pitch and spirited vocals which he lays over a song that could have easily charted alongside Mandoza, Trompies and Abashante back in the 90s, Anatii continues making a firm statement about his musical DNA. He’s not here to churn out pointless number ones and produce random beats to make a quick buck. He’s here to shift the landscape. And he cares about a whole lot of things, one of them being the sheer feeling of his productions.

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Ntloni is one of the album’s more commercially palatable bangers. It has all the elements of a bop you’d jam to at Taboo, at Pop Bottles, at the Sands. It has a beautiful summer hit finish to it, which Anatii has already proven to have no problem whipping out.

Vuka is possibly the album’s most beautiful love song. It’s a sing-along, smooth and lush African summer jam. The chorus and hook instantly demand to be kept on a loop. The organic instrumentation allows the hearty harmonies to shine, giving the song a verdant laid-back vibe.

 

 

 

 

Anatii's 10 track album finds him at his most confident as he fully dives into his African heritage to bring us a luxuriant and soulful project

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Inside Zahara’s 5 Months Of Sobriety

Zahara has opened up about her 5 months without alcohol, saying she now wants to shine the spotlight on the mental health of local artists, who’d rather “destroy themselves” than face record labels.

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It’s been 5 months since Zahara has consumed any alcohol.

The Afro-Pop songbird revealed to TshisaLive that she decided to quit after “one night I finished a whole bottle of wine by myself.”

This personal milestone attends to negative portrayals of the singer, who’s had to fight persistent reports of a drinking problem that is out of control. It’s a reputation she’s keen to challenge. “I want to show people that those stories aren’t true.”

It’s also a reputation, says the singer, that has been engineered to undermine her credibility amid her fight for album royalties.

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Her breakthrough moment, however, happened last year in October, when her mother and sister fasted in prayer as a means to intervene. She hasn’t had any since then, and doesn’t miss it.

The 30 year old afro-soul songstress has recently detailed rough patches she’s endured in recent months, most of which are related to the alleged heated disputes between her and her previous labels.

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“I won’t be a statistic, I want my money”, says Zahara in a new Instagram post, in which she also gives out her personal mobile number. Repurposing lyrics from her hit single, Umthwalo (My baggage), she went on to clarify that the account was not hacked. Instead, she’s decided to use her platfom to expose unspoken realities in the music industry.

Speaking to IOL Entertainment, Zahara said she’s adamant to be heard.

“Some of my peers are suffering from depression, some have thrown themselves into drug abuse, others into the arms of men simply because they are afraid of admitting that they have no money, because the record labels are not paying us”, says the Loliwe hitmaker.

Zahara also said that she’s now pursuing legal action for said album royalties.

 

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Nasty C Opens The Industry With ‘Lift As You Rise’

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Nasty C, Tellaman, Rowlene for Lift As You Rise

More and more of Mzansi’s hip-hop artists are climbing the ladder of success with the support and mentorship of hip-hop collectives.

This phenomenon brings to life a gripping narrative that the local hip-hop space is overloaded with inherent quality and talent. With this in mind, Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records have joined forces to form Lift As You Rise; a music project that is aimed at uplifting artists across South Africa and subsequently catapults them into success.

Made up of unstoppable forces Nasty C, Tellaman, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Lastee and Zino D, the Lift As You Rise project will see these artists come together to produce multiple open tracks.

These tracks will incorporate verses from the collective artists, excluding 16 bars that will allow Mzansi’s aspiring artists to add their verses and subsequently completing the tracks. As a result, SA’s budding musicians can contribute to the songs and add their parts so as to complete the tracks.

The musicians will then need to upload their tracks onto their respective social media platforms with the correct tags.

Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records will then select the best artists. Successful artists will get an opportunity to go into the Red Bull Music Recording Studios in Cape Town where songs will be recorded culminating in complete tracks released to the public.

“A much-undervalued part of the music industry is collaboration, especially in the world of fresh and independent hip-hop artists,” Nasty C comments.

“At the moment, our music culture in SA is becoming more and more open to sharing and collaborating and this is the culture the Lift As You Rise project looks to achieve. This is the era where budding artists need to catch up with the understanding that they must collaborate to take their gift one step further.”

Rowlene adds, “Collaboration is the biggest uplifting force driving music today. To young and upcoming artists looking to project their talents onto a bigger audience, the Lift As You Rise project is the powerful stepping stone.”

For more information on the Lift As You Rise project, visit http://redbull.co.za/lift-as-you-rise

 

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming Doccie To Premiere on Netflix

Beyonce’s Coachella documentary is coming to Netflix

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Beyoncé has premiered the first look into her looming documentary, and the streets are shaken.

The promo for ‘Homecoming‘ landed on the internet on Monday. The South African beyhive is in for a treat as the documentary will surface on Netflix, April 17th.

The picture is set to chronicle the journey to one of Beyoncé’s most iconic performances – Beychella.

The doccie will feature the actual performance – which means you can now stop scouring the internet for that pixelated footage obtained from the live stream – as well behind the scenes preparations for the critically lauded show.

The piece is said to offer an “intimate, in-depth look” at the concert, revealing “the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement,” Netflix said.

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