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Meet Neo-Soul Songstress, Lizz Kalo

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Elizabeth Kapenda, known by her stage name, Lizz Kalo, is a South African Neo-Soul and RnB singer and songwriter. She grew up in Kempton Park, in the East Rand of Johannesburg and began her music journey in the most unlikely way.

She started off as a sports person whose interests ranged from athletics, hockey and cricket. She later became a dancer, a drama student and a pageant queen (she was crowned Miss Kempton Park in 2010). How full of a life is that? She is currently studying logistics at the Tshwane University of Technology and is also a radio presenter and news reader at Tshwane FM.

Lizz Kalo decided that music is where her heart is and we couldn’t be any happier because she does it well. She just finished working on her first project, a 6 track EP titled Ties. This EP consists of elements of the Neo-Soul and RnB genre with soulful touch on it.

She showcases this well on tracks such as Tall Girls and Treat Me Better. On the EP she touches on topics of being human, self-acceptance and issues of love and loss of love. The EP was released last week and it already has some hype and buzz around. 

Link up with her on Twitter and Facebook and peep her Soundcloud account for more music.  

Peep her music below and let us know what you think of her!

 

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Could 2019 Finally Be The Year For Mzekekeze’s Big Come Back?

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If you were alive in the early 2000’s then you may remember how huge Kwaito music was. TS Records, owned by DJ Sbu and Thembinkosi Nciza produced some of the most stellar artists who dominated the charts and won countless awards. This was a major deal because TS Records was an independent label. Artists who we consider the cream of the crop at the time included Brown Dash, Brickz, Mafikizolo and the balaclava-wearing Mzekezeke.

The Mzekezeke and DJ Sbu situation being the one in the same is long so we won’t get into that. But in October of last year the duo announced that they are forming a new record label together. This was after TS records closed down due to both DJ Sbu and TK Nciza decided to focus on their individual business ventures.

Mzekezeke’s come back has been warmly received so far

The new label is called Mzekezeke Music and the first release was DJ Sbu’s soulful house joint titled Beautiful featuring Portia Monique. The second being Mzekekzeke’s first official come back single Gqom single, Nay Lento which was surprisingly warmly received. 

So this begs the question, is this the year that Mzekekzeke will finally be making an official and unrelenting come back? We think so.

Mzekezeke has always been illusive and a little of an enigma. Even though we have always suspected that he is DJ Sbu, there was never a slip up or a confirmation of this. This may work to keep his relevance up to a younger audience. Plus if he is already working on new music which appeals to people who haven’t heard of him, this may be advantageous for him.

At the moment there is an interest in authentic South African sounds from the global audience and from within the country. We are beginning to appreciate the beautiful influence that Kwaito has had on our music. Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat and Kwesta have been incorporating elements of the genre into their sound and creating a fusion of Hip Hop and Kwaito. If Mzekezeke hops on this trend and brings back that essence of the sound he had in his glory days, this could work.

The charm of the Mzekezeke persona has always been his authenticity and singing about issues that we laugh at in our private corners. The world never gets tired on genuine energy so this may be one thing that works in his favour.

What do you think? Is 2019 the year  Mzekezeke comes back in a huge way?

Check out the visuals for Nay Lento below! 

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