Monthly Archives: February 2015

‘Let Go’ & ‘Hear Me’ – The Very Best

LET GO very bestDuring the last weeks The Very Best (‘Maso Luso‘, ‘We OK‘, ‘Suma Rokia‘) released two excellent tracks from their new highly anticipated album ‘Makes A King‘ (track list), which will be released on 6 April by Moshi Moshi.

While ‘Let Go‘ sounds much more positive and danceable, ‘Hear Me‘ is a low-paced track that carries socio-political messages, as Johan Hugo explains: “We wrote this song in May 2014, only days before the Malawi general elections. It was also the 50th anniversary for Malawi independence from colonial rule. … Esau really wanted to write a song about the corruption, poverty, struggle of Malawi, and how frustrated he was about the fact that very little has changed since independence.”

Watch below also the video for ‘Hear Me‘, which was shot in Mdala Chikowa, Malawi.

  The Very Best  *-*  ‘Hear Me

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‘Plaani Ne Spaani’ – Truey Donatello

donatelloI represent those who represent their Dreams everyday” explains Midrand-based Hip Hop musician Truey Donatello introducing his latest masterpiece ‘Plaani Ne Spaani‘. The young artist released the track three weeks ago through an art exhibition in Illovo, Johannesburg. It’s a very positive tune encouraging us to stay hopeful, use our talents and live our dreams.

Truey Donatello provides the track as a free download via his homepage.

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‘Penzi Sumu’ – Victoria Gichora

gichora5In recent years, we got used to listen to great Afro Soul from Kenya (JarelNaomi Wachira, Mayonde, Sauti Sol, … just to name a few outstanding artists/ bands). In such an excellent Soul scene, it is increasingly difficult to show outstanding performances and yet, shooting star Victoria Gichora just succeeded to deliver a brilliant surprise hit. ‘Penzi Sumu‘, produced by Wawesh Mjanja, (founder of Penya Africa) is a deep and slow Soul track that shines through Gichora’s unique soulful voice and its warm ambience.

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‘Huyai Tinamate’ – Hope Masike

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huyayi tinamate2Zimbabwean Mbira artist Hope Masike (‘Rudo Harunakufina‘ & ‘Povo m’povo‘) just released the creative visuals for her new track ‘Huyai Tinamate‘. The melodious tune has deep a religious meaning as Hope Masike explains: “Huyai Tinamate, both the song and the video are inspired by the Word that says we must stay prayerful and watchful … This video is a short story about what happens when we pray without ceasing … Lets keep praying, and encouraging each other to do so, regardless of difference in religion.”

The video makes use of visuals, beautiful costumes and invites us to reflect on the daily struggles that humans have to endure. As much as hard times and pain may be part of our lifes, the song encourages us to be hopeful.

  Hope Masike  *-*  ‘Huyia Tinamate‘ 

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‘Handei Kumafaro’ – Kyriah Dee

kyriah dee3Kyriah Dee (pronounced Key-ra-ya) is a young Zimbabwean singer, who we should closely follow in future. The music of the Dublin-based artist shows elements of Afrobeat/ Soul/ Jazz and Pop. She discovered her passion and talent for music through gospel music and developed an admirable repertoire since then. Kyriah Dee belongs to a generation of young female Zimbabwean artists, like Hope Masike, Rina Mushonga and Chashe.

Her newest piece, ‘Handei Kumafaro‘, is a very danceable Afrobeat track, which serves as an appetizer for her soon-to-be-released LP ‘Kyrisal‘ (out 21/02/15). It was produced by Chucky Chrysal and features Anton Peteltchits on Saxophone. The song title is Shona and loosely translated means ‘Lets go Party‘.

You can purchase the track via itunes.

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