As we continue staying home and safely social distancing, a bevy of South African artists have delivered new projects both for the culture, and for the soul. Here are five new releases you should pay attention to;
SIMMY FT SINO MSOLO – ‘NGIHAMBA NAWE’
Following the massive success of her debut album, Tugela Fairy, Simmy triumphantly claims her way back into the matrix with an overflow of love-soaked melodies.
After many had jumped through hoops to woo her affections, on Ngihamba Nawe, Simmy hovers lush vocals over a transcendental instrumental as she gleefully surrenders to an epiphany — she’s finally settling for the love of her life!
With Sino Msolo’s voice melding another layer of ethereal love hums, the two ruminate on the beauty of falling in love.
If you don’t feel all mushy and lovey dovey after listening to this… then we don’t know. Sorry.
SIMPHIWE DANA – ‘UZOKHALA’
As one fan notes on her Youtube channel, her “music heals the soul”.
She’s a songbird with a catalogue filled with timeless classics that tug at the heartstrings of nostalgia, while ruminating on the future of love, blackness, pain and the many themes Simphiwe Dana attends in her music.
In 2020, it’s clear that Dana is as focused as ever. Her new musical era carries a thrilling sense of excitement as she spots a fresher look that has brought new hues in the artwork and visual inventory of her looming album, Bamako.
Taken from the highly anticipated 13-track project, Uzokhala is a jazzy offering which plays on Dana’s distinctive mastery. She sings beautifully, delivering soothing vocal layering on an instrumental that beams with organic African sounds.
Along with Usikhonzile, also taken from the album, the song is delightful preview into what promises to be a cohesive set of songs that will last a lifetime.
JAZZIDISCIPLES – ‘MDZANGO’
Following the highly anticipated debut of their Mr. JazziQ 0303, a project produced mainly by Mr. JazziQ from the house music formation, the group has finally ascended into the mainstream radar.
Much like MFR Souls, who’ve built a sprawling catalogue of fire piano laden dance joints through the years, a supply which moved almost exclusively in the underground deep house circles, it owas nly a matter of time before JazziDisciples leveraged their credibility for the charts.
Mdzango featuring Tallarsetee, Tsivo and MDU has all the workings of a solid amapiano hit. It’s a good workout songs from those aiming to manage their physique during the lockdown.
NASTY C – ‘THERE THEY GO’
Now that he’s officially signed to Def Jam records, Nasty C’s global ascension is no longer a matter of debate. The 23 year old rapper twinned the announcement with the release of a brand new single, which he premiered exclusively on Apple 1 Music with Ebro Darden.
While there’s no word on whether or not the song will appear on Nasty’s long awaiting looming third studio album, Zulu Man With Some Power, the God Flow hitmaker has confirmed that he is in the advanced stages of finishing up the project.
JUNIOR TAURUS FT. KAYLOW & DJ SUMBODY – ‘HAPPY FOR YOU’
We’ve been fans of Junior Taurus since he rose to the top of the charts with Cotton Candy, the 2015 joint album that propelled him to the top of the charts. The record was a beautiful display of a man who is in control of his craft and comfortable to show off his mastery.
Years after bringing the broken beat vibe to the forefront of the culture, the record producer teams up with Afro-Soul and R&B singer Kaylow, who’s just returned from a long hiatus from the music business. Late in 2019, the two had collaborated on a song called Settle Down. They’ve made another triumphant return, this time with DJ Sumbody fiddling with the piano notes for the culture.
Happy For You is a pleasant reminder that grown up, jazzy and luxurious dance can cross -pollinate with the streamlined amapiano sound for something as new as it is nostalgic.
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Khuli Chana to Perform on Ayepyep Lockdown Sessions
Motswako Originator to WOW fans on Ayepyep Lockdown Sessions.
As we slide into August, we were grateful to learn that the Ayepyep Lockdown Sessions would be extended until the end of the winter season. Therefore, there’s still a lot more episodes of DJ Sumbody and Lamiez Holworthy hosting our favourite artists every Sunday on Trace Urban.
First up on this week’s fiery episode is the all-round sassy and sensational Charmza DJ on the one and twos. This is followed by a live performance by Motswako finest – hip hop superstar Khuli Chana.
For the ultimate laid back Sunday sundowners, stay-at-home celebration, make sure you join us at the Ayepyep Lockdown Sessions live on Trace Urban (DStv channel 325) this Sunday at 4PM.
Just in case you you missed last week’s sizzling episode, catch the repeat on Saturdays on Trace Africa (DStv channel 326) from 10PM.
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Inside Zonke and Sibongile Khumalo’s Women’s Month Concerts
Musical experiences are back!
South African music lovers may have only nostalgic memories of some of the finest concerts and festivals they have attended as an artifact of a world we all miss in these times. But not even the countrywide Lockdown will stop the music from melting away the blues.
In celebration of the looming Women’s Month, the South African State Theatre has announced virtual music concerts by legend Mama Sibongile Khumalo, and critically lauded songbird Zonke Dikana. Both shows are included as part of SAST’s Season 3 of online streaming service.
Live In Concert with Zonke Dikana will premiere on Women’s Day, August 9th at 15:00, while Khumalo’s concert will conclude the month’s celebrations on August 30th at 15:00. Tickets can be purchased at Webtickets from R70. Fans can stream both concerts on the SAST’s online channel from the comfort of their living rooms.
Mama Sibongile Khumalo is a living legend and a national treasure. Leveraging on her ‘first love for stage,’ time and again the State Theatre borrows her in a bid to celebrate her while she is still alive and to remind the nation of its fortunes.
Last year, the National Order of Ikhamanga in Silver recipient was cast in Kwanele, a production based on the wake of 2019’s xenophobic attacks and GBV written and directed by award-winning playwright Aubrey Sekhabi. Khumalo featured with the team for the premiere of Kwanele in Angola and throughout the homecoming run at the State Theatre.
With now five studio albums under her belt, the multiplatinum-selling Zonke is proving to being an unstoppable force. Her recent album, LOVE(2018), was certified platinum in November last year.
Hit records such as Feelings, Jikizinto, Nameless and many more in her enchanting discography, have a reputation to keeping audiences on their in her sold-out affairs. In this encounter, she will be performing LIVE in an empty 1300-seater Opera Theatre but streamed on SAST online channel.
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Donald To Perform on The Ayepyep Lockdown Sessions
With all the bursts of Lockdown Entertainment to keep us sane in spite of all the blues, seeing the red mic bless our screens will likely be a delight for a chilled Sunday vibe.
Even without the bevs, Donald’s mellow vocals melting on uptempo instrumentals as he pours out his heart throughout his sprawling catalogue is always worth it.
And this Sunday, the R&B singer will be delivering a performance on the Ayepyep Lockdown Sessions, a new virtual groove offering locals found out about here. Airing on Trace Urban on the Sundays, the sessions are hosted by Pretoria natives DJ Sumbody and Lamiez Holworthy.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the good sis has proven throughout the lockdown that her chops to manage the vibe on the decks is something to marvel at, and we’re excited to see her star rise within the ranks of the dance republic.
The show airs on Trace Urban (DStv channel 325), Sundays at 16:00.