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Elemotho – “Black Man” Return to Mother Africa

Money, cars, smart phones – the modern African man wants what the Western man has and more. As a result, mother Africa is losing her children to the lies of a corrupt world. That’s why singer-songwriter Elemotho appeals to his fellow Namibians with his new album “Beautiful World”: Don’t give up the fight for equality, don’t succumb to the glimmer of money and power.

Elemotho – the “Black Man”

And his means are simple, yet powerful. Guitar in hand, Elemotho Gaalelekwee Richardo Mosimane sings softly in a mix of English and Setswana. It is a Bantu language, spoken in his motherland Namibia. That way, the self-proclaimed musical activist pronounces his belonging. Because his music is about the return to nature and the honouring of his heritage. And most of all, it is about the “black man” – as one of his songs is called. In it, he addresses the African man’s loss of culture, eyes on the money, bottle in hand.

Get Up and Dance

This struggle between past and present is directly reflected in his music: The American black man’s blues meets African tribal music with a hint of rock ‘n’ roll and jazz. In the beginning, Elemotho’s acoustic guitar underlines a sad song in Setswana, a keyboard is following him slowly in the back of the stage.

However, as the concert progresses, so does the music. Because tradition needs to be celebrated. African congas and a Dundun drum beat loudly in accord with an E-guitar and a western drum kit. A long saxophone solo sends vibrations through the air. And Elemotho yells: “Get up and dance”. In the end, the message gets across and everybody is on their feet.

 

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This is South African House – 6 Artists that will keep you up all night

DJ Tira

Can you believe this guy started out with Human Resources? With beats like this, it is hard to imagine Mthokozisi Khathi ever did anything but mixing South African House tracks. Today he owns his own record label. At Afrotainment, he promotes many Durban-based artists. “Summertime” is going to spice up your African winter or help you jump right into your European summer.

Durban’s Finest

Durban is the place to be when it come to South African House. That’s why it didn’t take long before two of it’s biggest acts teamed up. DJ Tira and DJ Sox both have a background in throwing outrageous parties. With Afrotainment Project Management and Dope Jam Entertainment both made crowds go wild and gained recognition in the industry. It wasn’t long before faith brought them together. Enter Durban’s Finest. Are they really? Find out for yourself.

Big Nuz

Durban’s Finest is also in the mix of Big Nuz and vice versa. It was none other than DJ Tira who initiated their return to Durban from Johannesburg. He signed them under his label Afrotainment. Soon they were on the map with “2nd Round Knockout”. Today, the kwaito group consist of Mandla “Mampintsha”, Mzi “Danger” Tshomela, and Maphumulo. Their original third band member R Mashesha died in 2015 – on the release day of their sixth album “For The Fans”. Big Nuz are known for their upbeat dance tracks and party tunes.

DJ Shimza

Already in 2003, Ashley Raphala made House his hunting ground. But it wasn’t until 2011 when he won the Gauteng Carnival DJ Competition, that people started hunting him down. Now he runs Dj Shimza’s One Man Show festival to make likeminded artists the next target for big producers. Despite it’s title, “Congo Congo” is a great example of classic South African House.

Black Coffee

Some people like their coffee black, many South African House fans love Black Coffee. Just like the beverage, Nkosinathi Maphumulo is hot right now. Another Durban-brewn-product, he celebrated his international breakthrough with “Pieces of Me” in 2015. Since then, he’s been invited to play at Coachella and Ultra festival, among others. Pitchfork describes his style as “a minimal, graceful dance … that pairs soulful vocals with bright, Afropolitan polyrhythms and futurist jazz.” Hear for yourself what that could mean:

Muungu Africa

A little more soulful, a little more chill – Muungu Africa’s music is ideal for a relaxed evening with friends. The group consisting of Thulasizwe Nkosi, Sindiswa Shobede and Bongani Shabangu celebrated their debut in early 2015 and has quickly gained popularity in Africa: “We want to tell Mzansi (South African electro) music lovers that we have arrived and we are here to stay”, Sindiswa proclaimed to the South African “Daily Sun”.