Nothing makes one feel older than realising that the music they have enjoyed in their youth is turning two decades old. Think about all the music you enjoyed 15 years ago; don’t they sound like they were dropped yesterday? Today we are thrilled to announce that the princes of Kwaito music, Msawawa and Mzambiya bring us a new single titled iMoto Ka Shukela.
We fell in love with Msawawa and Mzambiya when they dropped their collaborative song, Wawungakanani back in 2001. The former child stars have not been silent since then; they have released music but failed to capture the nation. But now, iMoto Ka Shukela is looking to be their saving grace as they have managed to get us excited about what their next move is. Talent can’t be destroyed fam.
The Gqom influenced Kwaito song is a solid dance floor type of joint. The thumping baseline and screeching synchs keep the tune bouncy and current. Plus the hook is catchy AF. We have Solo Boys and O. Mlangeni to thank for that. They also threw in nostalgic lines to remind us who we are listening to.
The Gqom beat was a little distracting because we were expecting a little bit more Kwaito but that was just us. We can only hope that they will consider doing a few more songs together; joint Kwaito album anybody?
The song has not officially dropped but we’ll keep you updated as soon as it is available on digital platforms.
Peep the song below!
Could 2019 Finally Be The Year For Mzekekeze’s Big Come Back?
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!