Black Coffee, Cassper Nyovest and Shane Eagle all premiered new singles on Friday morning, and we have a lot of joy.
Coffee bolsters his global footprint with a brand new collaborative joint with David Guetta. Entitled Drive, the midtempo dance outfit features the breezy vocals of a Delilah Montagu. It’s a chilled vibe that will come to amplify many sunsets.
Sonically, the track beams with both Black Coffee and David Guetta’s production MOs, and registers as the biggest original international collaboration for Black Coffee, whose highly anticipated album is slated for release before the end of 2018.
The We Dance Again award winning DJ and record producer has been spending much of the past two years or so working global dancefloors; a list of the world’s top stages which has included sets at Coachella and Tomorrowland. Most of the time though, Black Coffee has been based in Ibiza, Spain.
Drive is a fresh and lush prelude of the looming summer, which we’ve waited for the entire winter, thanks.
Cassper Nyovest returns with a brand new single, Gets Getsa 2.0. The Kwaito flavoured bop finds the rapper fiddling with the kwaito strings that he often messes with, as he has on a list of previous success dancefloor stories like Tsibip, Nyuku and Skelm. Spitting vast bars in vernacular always allows him to enlarge the pools he must dive into for references, resulting always in something that feels as fresh as it does nostalgic.
Gets Getsa 2.0 is the first single from Nyovest’s upcoming album; a follow up to 2017’s Thuto. It also marks yet another moment in his career when he puts his appreciation of Doc Shebeleza on display. Not only is his biggest hit of the same name, but Get Getsa is a remake of a Doc Shebeleza mid 90s kwaito classic.
Shane Eagle is preparing for his Yellow Tour. And on Friday he gave fans something new to look forward to when he premiered a new single called Gustavo.
The single comes just days after he promised fans he would be unveiling something ‘special’ at one of his shows on condition that they sold out the venue. The single artwork dabbles in some pretty dark visual themes, and has the words “Only going to talk about this one time, then going to leave in the past’ strewn above an illustration of a coffin with a visible corpse. Say something if you don’t like where this is going…
Gustavo finds Eagle seething at an unnamed rapper, many who believe is AKA. The two have had a few hardened word exchanges on social media, with word being that their mentor-student type dynamic came to a cold end when the mentor gave Yellow less than favourable reviews prior to its critically acclaimed, gold-selling and SAMA award-winning release. Which of the songs are you streaming right now? Chat to us in the comments section below!
K.O and Nandi Madida Drop New Love Duet
The rapper and songstress reveal a softer side in new single.
We know a love summer jam when we hear one.
So when Say U Will, K.O and Nandi Madida’s collaborative slow jam premiered on Friday, we knew the two had missioned to smoothly ease us into the looming spring and it’s all welcome, the country’s endured one too many collective blues.
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The new single marks a new era in K.O’s next musical odyssey, which is expected to arrive with a new album and an a fresh vibe.
In our exclusive interview with K.O in June, he did start teasing a different creative direction in the new era, which might also see him evolve beyond the Skhanda wave he championed at the start of his solo career.
READ INTERVIEW: K.O TALKS NEW ALBUM, SKHANDA MUSIC & MORE
Say U Will also finds K.O slowing down the tempo to bring back the quintessential Hip Hop and RnB summer love duets that came to capture the wave in the mid 200s.
K.O himself has churned out a few of these, having collaborated with several female vocalists to luxuriate Hip Hop instrumentals through the years.
The single comes hot on the heels of Supa Dupa, the rapper’s latest single, which marked a triumphant return to the airwaves.
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Zakes Bantwini and Leroy Styles Premiere New Single
Zakes Bantwini and Leroy Styles team up in new tune, Inyoni Yezulu
Over the last couple of months, Zakes Bantwini has been focused on developing his sound and progressing from his hits such as ‘Juju’ into a mainstream Dance space.
You can see this through his recent collaborations with Angolan Superstar DJeff, on tracks ‘Ouagadougou’ and ‘Zugu Zugu’, as well as in his latest release ‘Freedom’ whereby he collaborates with local vocalist and first time filling the role of producer/composer on a track.
This new track ‘Nyoni Yezulu’ sees Bantwini collaborating with Leroy Styles, Dutch powerhouse Producer, who has spent a decade building up his reputation as one of the slickest producers in the game.
Leroy Styles, who is enjoying more than 20 million streams over his top 5 songs on Spotify, is very excited to be working with South African heavyweight Zakes Bantwini in this collaboration whereby again his lays his topline vocal but certainly is not steering away from his focus, which is developing himself as a DJ, Producer in South Africa and the rest of the world.
Zakes Bantwini recently launched his live electronic one man show whereby he mixes live and performs key instruments over his tracks and builds live vocals to provide a truly unique offering which bridges the gap between live performance and DJ/Producer shows. Excited to see what Zakes has up his sleeve next.
TELLAMAN’s Debut Album, God Decides, Has Arrived
Tellaman has premiered his debut album – God Decides
Last week, we had the privilege of attending Tellaman’s album listening session for God Decides, which took place at his musical home merely hours before the album premiered.
The preview of the looming body of work was a showcase of what sounded like a mellow record from one who’s created the kind of anticipation only a handful of artists can, particularly in the age of streaming. The rules have changed – Kanye set precedence for a 7 track album not long ago. Singles are the new destination and, it seems, their lifespan is now down to just about a month.
Give or take.
The excitement around the soulful vocalist’s first studio album is, therefore, quite telling of the unique space he takes up in the South African soundscape, where we see names replace each other’s relevance with quick succession.
His has been a steady journey; he was certainly in a different space when we had a conversation with him two years ago.
The place he is now, though, informs the not just the work itself, but the many talents behind it.
“For the first time, I wasn’t trying to prove anything. I wasn’t trying to prove that I’m the best producer or writer. I just wanted to bring this idea to life and make sure that it’s exactly how I’d imagined it; if it sounds simple and cheesy or complicated and complex, that’s because I wanted it to sound that way.”
The inspiration behind the album is being in a relationship and trying to make it as a musician, two important aspects of life to balance, and something Tellamanhas yet to figure out. God Decides is about Tellaman meeting a girl he believes he loves and trying to make it as a musician whilst trying to make both work and his relationship work, but she fails to understand, and the industry gets the best of Tellaman.
BUY/STREAM: TELLAMAN – GOD DECIDES
Based on his religious background, Tellaman titled the album God Decides.
“I was taught that I can only do the best I can and let God take care of the rest. I chose ‘God Decides’ as the title of my first album because I have always felt like somehow, I am not fully in control of everything that is happening in my life. I chose the name because I believe I would not be where I am in my life if God didn’t allow it and I wouldn’t have gone through things I write about if God didn’t allow it.”
Featuring Tellaman’s signature melodies, smooth vocals with instrumental highlights, the story of the album is the bigger picture, with each song being a compiled episode that forms the bigger picture. But most importantly Tellaman brings a simplicity in his music in which a young or old person can find something to relate to. Fans can look forward to a new insight into Tellaman’s life; a lot of flaws, love and hope in the form of the music from his debut offering.
“If you want to put a specific style to the album, you can call it ‘Hip Hop/RnB’, but I like to call it good music and just leave it there. This is my life from 2014 until the day I stopped recording it. My mistakes, my good and bad moments in love. I hope what I have gone through will help someone do or choose better than me.”
Look out for our full album review soon.