2019 is the year that indie artists rise to take their place in the sun fam! Today, one of the original members of the forward thinking collective, Boyz N Bucks, uSanele has dropped his anticipated EP, Gangular today. The 4 track EP comes after a 2 year hiatus from the music scene, hardly dropping any music.
You may have heard, uSanele on Okamalumkoolkat’s Tongue Foo Action / Forever (Petite Noir’s Interlude) along side Sho Madjozi and Bra Sol. Or better yet on every Boyznbucks track with the most recent one being COMBO which dropped last year. This time we hear him in his own territory Gangular.
The EP kicks off with a groovy mellow and traditionally influenced flow on Bekezela which features Bongeziwe Mabandla. This joint is nostalgic and sees uSanele rap about how it was when he was growing up and how that has prepared him for his hustle. Bongeziwe Mabandla adds that extra special element to this joint. Great open!
He follows this with the equally captivating and bass heavy, Skellies, which features Windows 2000 and 45 Degrees. This joint celebrates the ever so majestic Boyz N Bucks and their influence. If anything, these two gentleman are bringing back a time where one got excited when “accidentally discovering” an artist. They are fresh and effortless.
Impahl’ Edope is the first single to drop from the EP and it features Stilo Magolide and Efeflow. It is safe to say that Boyz N Bucks are still miles ahead of the mainstream. It ends with a Gqom joint Bhansela which features Thelawayeka.
While listening to the EP, it was clear to see that uSanele carries that blueprint Boyz N Bucks sound and flow. There were some points on the EP where I honestly thought a cross between Riky Rick and Okmalumkoolkat were rapping. No lie. And this may be because these are the two artists from the collective have seen a lot of exposure over the past 2 years.
The EP is available for purchase on all major digital stores.
You can also stream it 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!