The Vault at Mapungubwe Hotel in Johannesbug was a hive of activity tonight as Anatii, the preeminent artist hosted an exclusive listening session in partnership with Courvoisier of his forthcoming album IYEZA.
The gathering attracted media, musicians and celebrity friends. It was like a frenzy when the music started booming from the speakers and revellers whipped out their phones to record the internationally acclaimed performer who is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and Courvoisier Lumiere.
Anatii also shared that he only finished the album, his second solo project, a few hours before the listening session.
NTLONI, the second single off IYEZA is a burst of new energy from a genius that has conquered local hip hop. He shows off his grit and bite with this banger that is set to earn him more street cred. The video is soon to hit local screens shortly.
Songs like WENA, NGOZI and EHLATHINI received favourable feedback from the guests, while NDAWENI got fans on their feet moving to the pulsating beat.
U’SANGTHANDA NA? with its mbaqanga sensibilities is a fresh departure showing how versatile and diverse The Electronic Bushman’s talents and influences go.
THIXO ONOFEFE, which Anatii released early in 2018, proved to be the highlight of the evening as The Vault erupted in wild singing-along and head bobbing. The mood was infectious.
“This album is spiritual and therapeutic. I had to dig deep and connect with my people. I went to Durban, Eastern Cape and LA for inspiration,” he revealed.
Anatii also unveiled the artwork by Nika Mtwana that inspired his album cover.
“I feel that we don’t appreciate our counterparts in the arts. I was super inspired when I saw Nika’s work. We met when I was shooting my UN public service announcement and I knew that we needed to do something together,” he shared.
Nika will be earning royalties from the sales of IYEZA, one of the first fine artists to do so in local showbiz.
A grateful Anatii thanked his guests for honouring the invite and for the terrific reception they showed towards his new project. “Thank you for coming out tonight. Everyone I worked with was amazing. I’m proud of this album, it will do wonders.”
The album is expected to be available on all digital platforms on 5 October 2018.
Driven, smart, and weird is 29-year-old Ntathu Mbhele, who is known by many as “Sainty Baby”. Born and bred in the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, Sainty has been making waves in Durban for quite some time now as she hosts the annual Food Fashion Music events.
Sainty whose motto is only to work, started this event in 2012 as a way of “putting herself on the map”, alongside other talented creatives who fall under the food, fashion and music spectrum.
“EThekwini Municipality (Parks, Recreation and Culture) saw this initiative and started backing the Food, Fashion, and Music Concept for four consecutive years allowing me to give my peers a platform to showcase their talent, and earn money whilst doing what they love.
“We have shared the stage with established brands such as Bonang Matheba, Monique Bingham, J’Something, Scoop Makhathini, Frypan Mfula, Riky Rick, Nasty C and DJ Lag, just to mention a few,” explained Sainty.
The facts about Sainty’s career is that Louie Austen’s ‘Hoping’ made her fall in love with House music, and her love for being a DJ started while she was enjoying her matric dance’s after party. Sainty says it was the way the DJ moved the crowd that intrigued her and she knew then it was something she had to learn how to do.
“I started out in my hometown and up until then I have been booked as far as Cape Town for Head Honcho’s StayFresh event. Back at home I am entertaining at Durban’s annual Zakifo Festival,” explained Sainty.
One of her biggest achievements was being featured on Channel O’s ‘Celebrity Bassment’ between 2009 and 2014. Before all this, Saint was a traffic officer by day and DJ by night. In 2015 she pursued her dreams of being a producer by quitting work and enrolling at the Soul Candi Institute of Music. Sainty worked part-time at Vuma FM as a content producer, Co Host and resident mix DJ. It was after graduating when she collaborated with the Distruction Boyz, and they encouraged her to be more than just a DJ and producer.
Her debut project Slept On dropped on the 13th of July on all digital music stores, and has more than 12 000 streams on Apple Music.
Speaking about her day to day Challenges, Sainty said that the main challenge is getting bookings.
“As an upcoming artist it’s not easy to get bookings. A great idea is to start your own thing, which is also a challenge of its own as other resources may be hard to get,”said Sainty.
Advising his fellow artists Sainty said: “I would like artists to take it into consideration and start at a small scale, preferably free shows in the beginning. Make a record of everything you do and most importantly, have footage and pictures taken at your events. Create a social media account for it, and grow your followers by following other people as well as interacting with them online.”
Currently Sainty is working with her brother Langalethu. She refers to him as her best friend, producer, DJ, photographer and Master Engineer. They are busy working on Sainty’s debut album and Langalethu is the master behind the beats. Sainty says her brother always has the perfect beat for whichever story she is trying to tell at that particular time. He truly is a “gem” in Sainty’s words.
As we celebrate women’s month, Sainty has advice women out there to Work, Work, and Work.
“Keep your head down and work. Start something today. Learn to create a sanctuary in your mind then take steps needed to make your dreams a reality. Let us support each other. We are living in such a scary time, which is not exactly ideal to a woman right now. So much has happened and happening, the last thing we need is scorn from each other. Let’s inspire, let’s create, and most importantly Let us share,” emphasised Sainty.
Located in a scrapyard, the scene is set with Afro Pop sensation Holly Rey seated on a car seat with an umbrella in her hands. Her alluring black dress matched with a pretty pink jersey, sets the tone for the music video which is funky but charming.
The video quickly transitions to Holly in an underground parking, surrounded by Kwaito dancers who are dressed in white. Her clothing has changed from a black dress to a checked jacket with jeans, blending in with the dancers and portrays an image of everyone being in high spirits.
There is a break away scene, where other dancers are dressed in black, dance to their own beat but are still in sync with the song. The video still blends in the two dancers, although the dancers dressed in black are by themselves, it still plays in nicely with the other dancers Holly is featured with.
The song speaks about falling in love and how it makes one feel. The electric beat transcends throughout the whole song and video, giving it a feeling of togetherness. Everyone within the video is exuding happiness and love, which is also what Holly is exuding upon everyone she interacts with. The dancing with the people in the streets, where she is now dressed in a checked jacket with a bandana on her head, was a lovely touch because everyone Holly looks so natural and the dancing doesn’t look forced.
In the next scene, it nicely shows her playing on a small keyboard that lights up, on every note that she plays, she has a very sheik look and is dressed in all black with a pink scarf. Notably with each different location, from the scrapyard to the underground parking she has a different look.
The props used in the video are useful, in the beginning of the music video Holly is seen holding a rear-view mirror, which is used as a microphone. There is another scene where she dances with the dancers and is holding a long light bulb and the dancers are surrounding her, it’s like she brings light to the group.
My favourite part has to be when she is in the Citi Golf and is standing in it. She is so carefree and happy, driving around the dancers. It blends in well with the beat of the song because that is the feeling it gives, when you are listening to it.
From the streets to the underground parking, Holly is seen smiling radiantly in each scene. I enjoyed the whole package that Holly brought in the music video and the song itself, you can feel her energy and it is one that is an upbeat and positive one.
Overall, a simple but lovely video that was in the streets of Durban and shot with such great execution.
Nonzwakazi (Siphokazi Maphumulo) is a Durban-based Afro-pop singer who has just released two singles: the motivational“Phakama Mbokodo” and the rhythmic “Igugu Lam”
Coming from a classical, opera and choral music background, she is determined that her solo career will make her reach for the stars.
Nonzwakazi completed her Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of KwaZulu Natal (Howard College Campus). Her versatility sets her apart from many other artists. She has done professional theatre productions, public and private performances, and formal events with the famous KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO).
Nonzwakazi is popularly known as a member of the well-known Clermont Choir. She has been a member for 8 years. Her charismatic performances with the choir have propelled her to grow as a solo artist.
One of the professional stage productions she has been cast for is La Boheme – which is an opera composed by G. Puccini. It was staged at the Playhouse Opera Theatre in August 2017. Nonzwakazi played the role of Musetta. The production was successful, and the audience loved her colourful personality. Another Zulu production, which was staged at the University of KwaZulu Natal in titled Uqomisa Iliba. She was cast as MaMthombeni (a wife to Ngqengelele). Mamthombeni’s scenes portrayed how patriarchy affected women in the past. Nonzwakazi touched the audience with her display of helplessness on stage. It was this role that gave her an idea of composing “Phakama Mbokodo.”
A female Durban Gqom DJ who is on the rise to the top, DJ Sithelo, has released a new Gqom track called “Gcobhoza” featuring Koppies and Thuli, the song will surely get you straight to the dance floor and put you in a great vibe.
The song starts off with a funky beat setting the tone of it all and then it proceeds to being up-beat creating a vibe which is evident you should be expecting a sound that will make you want to shake your body. There is a use of the whistle within the song which comes in useful because it blends in nicely with the beat of the song and it gives the song that extra punch it needed in order to produce an electrifying sound.
The part that caught my attention whilst listening to the track was the “HAIBO” adlib that kept on being mentioned within the song. Aside from the song, the one element I have noticed about Gqom music is how it makes people go wild and free, more especially once they hear the phrase “HAIBO” within a song, it literally makes them lose their mind.
The beautiful thing about music is that it can transcend to anyone, specifically the genre and an individual can have their own interpretation of it and do what they can to it. This goes for Gqom because it has made plenty of people have their own interpretation of what it is and how it should sound; this is why it is such a respected genre. There is a small amount of Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) female DJs that are within the Gqom genre and what has made me happy about this song is that DJ Sithelo is taking ownership of that as she was able to create her own masterpiece, through her own interpretation of what Gqom is all about.
Continuing on with the song, it speaks about how one should just dance along to the beat and let loose, something that is always needed when dancing to a Gqom track. The selection of the features was well chosen because they were combined in well with the beat, lyrics and different styles they had to offer within the song. It must be commended that DJ Sithelo has done well as a first timer in the Gqom genre and she should continue creating more songs within the genre because there is a future for her in it. This song should thrive in the festive season because of it’s vibrant energy and what it speaks about.
Within the track, there is an addictive phrase/saying, “Kwaze kwamnandi” translated meaning that “It is nice”, a feeling that all can agree on during the festive season because that is the time that everyone certainly wants to relax and have a great time.
In a beautiful summary, this is a catchy song that will get everyone in a great mood and create lasting memories.
After taking a break from Vuzu & MTV Base to re-brand himself as a musician (singer) and dancer Shelton Forbez is making a strong comeback with his first project ‘New Season’.
New Season is a commercial mixtape, released on his birthday Sept 19 & describes all the experiences Shelton has encountered in the last year and a half from love, ex-girlfriends, parties & friendships. The project as a whole is sonically unique from any artist in the world as Shelton uses crossover Hip Hop and RnB vocals & instrumentals on every track.
The mixtape will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal incl all other digital platforms next week.
Catch Shelton Forbez on his ‘New Season’ tour across the country until Jan 2019
Stream Link : https://soundcloud.com/slikour/sets/shelton-forbez-new-season
Download Link : https://www.slikouronlife.co.za/album/2049/shelton-forbez-new-season
The show kicked off at 18:00 with DJ Hudson resurrecting the 90’s in us all; playing sets that forced the crowd to reminisce on the good-ole days. We jammed along to tunes from the likes of Brandy, LL Cool J, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Aaliyah and many more of the artists who rocked the 90’s era. This was all before and in between us waiting for our international stars to take us on a blast-from-the-past joy ride.
SWV were the first act to rock the stage. They personified a perfect balance between lady and hood as they rocked their glittered baseball shirts, all while filling the air with their beautiful harmonies. Their performance had us singing at the top of our voices, word-for-word, but we were still no match to their talent. ‘The sisters’ still have their voices indeed!
We also got to witness a live marriage proposal during their set… it was nothing short of magical and the performance set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Next, Dru Hill took to the stage and gave a very energetic performance. They performed most of their hit tracks and their choreography was blazing. The ladies went crazy throughout their performance and the gents could not help but stay glued to the ‘pied pipers’ as they took us on a journey to some of the most exciting times in our lives! Sisqo performed some of his hit tracks and unleashed the ‘90’s music dragon’ on the crowd.
The crowd was at its peak after this performance.
Dru Hill left the stage and the crowd could barely wait for TLC. They chanted the lyrics to TLC’s most popular hits and demanded them on stage. Patience was wearing thin, but in a good way.
When TLC took to the stage, the crowd went ballistic. The 90s’ girl group, evoked a wave of butterflies and nostalgia as they took us on an emotional roller coaster. Singing their chart-topping tracks from Unpretty to Red Light Special to No Scrub and rest assured, their moves were not compromised.
The turn out was less than I expected but the crowd that was there, appreciated every lyric sung and every move danced. One thing is for certain: our international stars undoubtedly felt the “031 kinda love”.
East Coast Radio’s Thandolwethu and TV presenter/ actor Sthembiso Khoza, kept the crowd entertained during the intervals. It encapsulated everything our souls needed; from singing along to our favorite 90’s tracks to reminiscing about the good club and letter-writing days.
The Soul Fest promised to take us down memory lane and, down memory lane we were taken indeed!
Boss Lady Fifi Cooper heard your calls and decided to give people what they want: the visuals for her kasified hit single, “Zwagala” featuring Obakeng Moribe taken from her sophomore studio album, ‘’Take Me Back’’.
“Zwagala” is a definite street anthem, so there was no other option but to take this movie to the hood! Fifi Cooper explains how the concept of the music video came about, ’’the concept of the Zwagala music video goes with what I am saying in the song. It is a party song, good vibes chilling with my boys. Even with the styling it was inspired by how I am always around my boys, I find their swag cool and comfortable’’.
The beat has the masses getting down every time they press play. The song caused insane waves on the radio, reintroducing the first lady of Motswako with her new favoured BOSS LADY persona. Fifi has come a long way since the inception of her career, to starting up her own record label ‘’Mo Cooper Records”: she has managed to rebrand her sound into something more solid and quite frankly, more consumable by the greater audience. The “Zwagala” music video is a laid back vibe and will allow you to have visual appreciation of self-made growth and success the hood way! Zwagala!
A multicultural and vibrant music video has just come out on our screens and it is making a point to shake things up and move us in a way never comprehended before. Chris Saunders, a South African photographer and director, is the mastermind behind the creation of this dance-focussed music video and the results of this 6 month project are evidently amazing. Many pop artists use dance to enhence their performances, but Saunders has brought in new dimentions in this video. With an intercontinental collaboration on the music itself with Rudimental and Major Lazar featuring Anne-Marie and Mr Eazi, there was no chance that the music video would be any different.
Rudimental and Anne-Marie are from the UK, Major Lazer from the US and Mr Eazi is from Nigeria, but understandably enough, most of the video was shot in Johannesburg, South Africa with only a few parts shot in London. The market on Ridley Road in London and the M2 bridge, in the Johannesburg CBD, are places with a vibrant multicultural identity and proved to be a perfect setting for the artists to express themselves and for the vision of Saunders to come alive.
The song “Let Me Live” is an expression of ones desire to be oneself and live ones life to the fullest, without any limitations or external pressures of the world. This video displays just that. With all contributions that came into producing this video, the collaborations between musicians, dancers and designers are seen through the display of street culture, innovative fashion, mix of colour, style and personality. The taxis, the craits, the markets, the jackets, the pink gusheshe with a female driver, Stacey Lee May, all makes a statement of owning ones identity and living it out. Having Welile ‘Artchild’ Gumede as the gqom dance choreographer, together with Thomas Motsapi and Kgotsofalang Mavundla on the pansula dance choreography, the director wanted to make sure this music video would be explosive, and it is! Everyone was able to tell their own story, bringing in their own culture, history and identity through the respectful direction of Chris Saunders.
Make sure to check the video for yourself on the link bellow and share with us your thoughts.
Rudimental & Major Lazer - Let Me Live (feat. Anne-Marie & Mr. Eazi) (Official Music Video) - YouTube
South African photographer and director, Chris Saunders is the creative talent behind the superb intercontinental music video ‘Let Me Live’, a collaboration between Rudimental and Major Lazer launching globally this month.
Saunders says: “This project was a six month developmental process because we wanted to do something really disruptive; really different. We shot about 30% of the video in London’s Ridley road where there is a diverse multicultural market.
“The band is from nearby Hackney so that created relevance and the remainder of the piece was completed in downtown Johannesburg under the M2 bridge flyover with more than 40 dancers and taxis converging on this public space.”
Saunders is as passionate about his performances as he is about the performers: “The main thing for me was to work with SA performers and showcase how they should be treated. A lot of international and local pop stars treat performing artists in this country very unprofessionally.
“You are working with people’s cultures, their livelihood; you have to pay them properly. It’s important to be conscientious about their backgrounds and their history; hire choreographers from within their cultures. Dancing is fundamental to their lifestyles and a serious part of their identities and how they grew up.”
Saunders has immersed himself in African dance and performance culture over the course of his career and saw this video as an opportunity to allow local dancers to express their own unique talents. Saunders sees himself as a conduit, assisting his collaborators to tell their own stories and define themselves; a belief that is clearly revealed in the original dance choreography for the video.
“These dancers are seldom asked for their artistic views and this was a chance to work with great performers in a more consultative and respectful way.”
Saunders commissioned multi-talented, award-winning director Batandwa Alperstein, better known as TAKEZITO, to create an insightful Behind the Scenes documentary about the process of creating the music video with a view to encouraging cultural collaboration and respect.
The song is a global alliance of music artists: The UK’s Rudimental and Anne-Marie, the US’s Major Lazer and Nigeria’s rapper Mr Eazi. The result is a vibrant blend of street culture; innovative fashion, dance and attitude, all to a tune that is sure to dominate the airwaves.
No Method release their third and explosive brand-new single ‘City Lights’. Have a listen to the single here:
No Method - City Lights (Audio) - YouTube
No Method first gained instant viral success with the release of their first single ‘Let Me Go’ which has now been viewed & streamed over 100 million times on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud and Anghami with major radio play in continental Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. The duo have gained a huge following of enthusiastic fans, racking up over 1 million followers on Shazam, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter organically in a very short space of time. ‘Let Me Go’ has also become the most Shazamed single ever to come out of South Africa with over 1 million Shazam’s. It was also number 1 in 15 territories including being number 1 for 7 weeks straight in Turkey.
Jules from GoodLuck is a big supporter of No Method and comments, “No Method are probably one of South Africa’s best kept secrets, while they quietly blow up on a massive scale in countries like Turkey and Qatar! It’s so great to see live electronic acts with such talent coming to the forefront in South Africa and this, their latest single, is an awesome follow-up to their smash hit ‘Let me Go’ – you can’t help but get down when the drop hits!! Very proud of Sam and Claire and I know they are going places…”
No Method was formed in 2016 by DJ & Producer Sam World and Claire Rose, with ‘City Lights’ produced by Sam World and written by Claire Rose. The theme of the song is one that is very personal to Claire as she writes about being in love for the very first time and what being in love does to you both physically and emotionally. “This type of love can cause a person to shine as bright as the city lights. ‘City Lights’ is a metaphor, my first love was my city lights, he was someone who guided me in the dark and sad times and never let me down,”explains No Method member and writer, Claire Rose.
The single brings a light-hearted and summery vibe and shows off their unique, signature sound that the duo is known for.
“We loved making this song because we personally poured our hearts and souls into it to make a quality track that our supporters would fall in love with again and we hope that this shows through to the listeners. We are very proud of this one,” comments No Method member and producer, Sam World.