Monday, July 24, 2017

10 essential Afro House gems

10 essential Afro House gems 10 essential Afro House gems…
Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how the history of House Music wouldn’t be the same without the progressive arrival of DJ’s, producers and artists who’ve melted its with their native African influences. As a result, many are the gems we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely been worth a mention.
No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive, most likely due to find an extension later when the right time comes. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly energetic jams where the infectiousness of the groove predominates. Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you, with your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome.

10 essential Afro House gems / DJ Sbu feat. Zahara – Lengoma (TS Records)
Born in 1979 in Thembisa, South Africa, Sibusiso Leope, better known as DJ Sbu, somehow already stands as a veteran. A radio broadcaster successively on YFM then Metro FM, he is more widely an entrepreneur, at the head of his own label (TS Records) and also renowned for having launched his own energy drink (Mofaya). ‘Lengoma’ which is rumored to be a fusion of French and Swahili (“Ngoma” meaning music or drum), stands among the signature cuts of our man, at the crossroads between Afro House and Kwaito…
10 essential Afro House gems / Bucie feat. Heavy K – Easy to Love (Demor Music)
Born in Kimberley and raised in Klerksdorp where she started singing at church, Busisiwe Nolubabalo Nqwiliso, better known as Bucie, has established herself as one of the most in demand female R&B and House singers in South Africa. Rememembered for ‘Turn Me On’ along with Black Coffee and released on Ralf GUM‘s GoGo Music label, the 2014 released ‘Easy To Love’ stands as one of her biggest successes ever, as for producer Heavy K
10 essential Afro House gems / Mi Casa – La Vida (Atjazz Remix) (Soul Candi)
On the footsteps of ‘These Streets’ and ‘Heavenly Sent’ taken from their 2011 released ‘Micasa’ debut-album which got them to earn South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominations for ‘Best Dance Album’, ‘Album Of The Year’, ‘Group Of The Year’, ‘Record Of The Year’ and ‘Newcomer Of The Year’. Dr. Duda, Mo-T and Portugal-born singer Joao da Fonseca aka J’Something expressing himself on his native language on this Single Of The Week back then on IDMW, as brilliantly remixed by Atjazz
10 essential Afro House gems / Black Coffee feat. Hugh Masekela – We Are One (The Culoe De Song Remix) (Vega Records)
Multi Award winning producer and DJ, Nkosinathi Maphumulo, better known as Black Coffee, started his career some 21 years ago already. One of the most influential musicians in South Africa, he teamed up back in 2011 with legendary Jazz, Funk trumpeter Hugh Masekela on the memorable ‘We Are One’ (released on Louie Vega‘s Vega Records label), which also happens to stand as one of the best remixes South African fellow Culoe De Song has ever done…
10 essential Afro House gems / Ternielle Nelson – African Woman (SME Africa (Pty) Ltd Live)
Taken from her 2010 released ‘Unearthed’ album which marked her debut at the age of 21, singer/songwriter and guitar player Ternielle Nelson on this intimate song (she calls her style “Ethno-Soul”) standing as her signature cut to date, with remix courtesy of Culoe De Song
10 essential Afro House gems / Djeff Afrozila & Alias Rhythm – Você Me Chamou (Original Mix) (Vidisco)
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, from a Cape Verdan dad and an Angolan mom, Tiago Barros, better known as Djeff Afrozila, has established himself as a key figure in the African scene, heavily contributing to introduce House Music in Angola where he’s been residing since his relocation in Luanda back in 2008. Released at the very end of 2011, ‘Você Me Chamou’ is a perfect illustration of the beauty of the Portuguese language melted with upbeat rhythms…
10 essential Afro House gems / Busi Mhlongo – Izizwe (Point5 Remix)
Gone on June 15, 2010 at the age of 62, Victoria Busisiwe Mhlongo, later known as Busi Mhlongo, has devoted her life/art to defy categorisations of all sorts in her native South Africa, blending traditional music with elements from Jazz, Funk, Gospel, Rap, Reggae, Rock to West African music and eventually Opera, in a unique style. Taken from her 2009 released ‘Yehlisan’ Umoya Azania (In The Mix)’ album which saw her collaborating with luminaries such as Culoe De Song, Frederic Galliano and DJ Qness, ‘Izizwe’, which got remixed by Black Coffee at the time, stands as one of her signature songs, delt with the matter of xenophobia. It would be soon after brought into another dimension, as remixed by Point5
10 essential Afro House gems / DJ Qness feat. Oluhle – Fugama Unamathe (Sheer Music)
Born Qhubani Ndlovu, DJ Qness properly got all his heart and soul into music from the age of 17, getting a loan from a bank along with his best friend in order to invest on recording material. Getting refusals by singers he initially wanted to work with, he ended up advertising on Facebook, eventually getting connected with UK-based singer Olhule who wrote the lyrics of ‘Fugama Unamathe’ which became one of the biggest successes in South Africa back in 2009, bringing Qness to the forefront as a DJ and producer, with the rest, as usually said in such circumstances, being history!
10 essential Afro House gems / Jerome Sydenham & Dennis Ferrer – Kò Kò (Ibadan)
Along with label head Jerome Sydenham, but also Louie Vega, Dennis Ferrer would be for much in the recognition of a then embryonic South African House scene back at the end of the 90’s, with people such as B.O.P., Oskido and Vinny Da Vinci among others. Together, they would drop the infectious ‘Kò Kò’ back in 2001 (backed with the equally worth the listen ‘Jehlaz’), with both of them included on the ‘Saturday’ album released the same year…
10 essential Afro House gems / Culoe De Song feat. Shota – Yini Ngawe (Soulistic Music)
Born in 1990, Culolethu Zulu, aka Culoe De Song, quickly established himself as a First League DJ/producer since the release of his debut-album – ‘A Giant Leap’ – back in 2009, featuring the memorable ‘Webaba’ by the likes of the late Busi Mhlongo. His 2011 released follow-up – ‘Elevation’ – featuring the oustanding ‘Yini Ngawe’ as led by singer Mnqobi Mdabe, better known as Shota.

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