Single Of The Week: The Rhythm Sessions feat. Portia Monique – The Cure (Mark Francis Remix) (Vega Records)
Louie Vega has like a natural instinct as far as music is concerned. Something one could definitely perceive from both his productions and mix sets. But also from the way his manages his own label.
His latest recruits – The Rhythm Sessions – take us back to South Africa where so much is happening one year after another. This being how the latter came to meet Portia Monique and bring us the vibrant ‘The Cure’ a few months ago on their own label.
“A woman in distress looking to cure her craving of undying love and lust. The love struck, love torn damsel is in desperate need to discover the antidote to remedy her eternal desire of deep love and affection… Until that time comes, she will suffer in disparity of a the cure…” These words by the likes of Portia Monique most likely summarize what this story us about. With the lady, no surprisingly, perfectly playing the role.
With this in mind, Mark Francis manages to bring it to the next level. Turning this originally deep and smooth jam into a solid bumper. The progression is therefore irresistible, blending blowing keys and synths along with aerial string parts over a bumpin’ bassline.
Definitely feels like they found the cure…
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– The Rhythm Sessions is a House Music brand in the South African music scene formed by Edsoul and Fang DaRhythm. For these two brothers it’s all about good music, having fun, being creative and not being afraid of breaking the mould.
Their dream is to make The Rhythm Sessions a movement within society that resonates with all music lovers.
They released two singles so far. ‘The Cure’, featuring Portia Monique, and more recently ‘I’m A Specialist’ featuring Sheldon So Goode. With both of them opening the path from an upcoming album that should see the light soon.
Edgar ‘Edsoul’ Mfaba’s interests in music began at an early age and led him to discover House Music. He was born in Tanzania when his parents were staying on exile at the time. He then moved to South Africa when he was 3 to stay in Meadowlands Soweto at his grandmother’s house. Edsoul spent his early days doing part time jobs while his ever-inspiring mother nudged him towards following his passion and love for music.
“My interest in music began at a very early age. I was exposed to the kind of music my mom used to listen to like Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight etc. I loved humming along to the songs. Little did I release that I was falling in love with that 80’s soul Motown vibe.”
When he was in Grade 12, Ed saved up some of his lunch money to purchase his very first own pair of Silver Technics SL 12000. At that time, he had already started frequenting record stores like House Afrika, Soul Candi and the likes. He began teaching himself how to deejay at home by just messing around with the equipment. He later decided to join Fang at Soul Candi where they both did a 3 month course to improve their deejaying skills.
Ed defines his style of spinning as soulful, tribal, techy, and lounge futuristic sound. He later landed a job at Club Capital in Rosebank as a resident DJ. This is where he met the likes of Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Christos, Oskido and DJ Monde. Edsoul enjoys long sets like his brother in arms as it allows him to explore more music. He believes music is a spiritual thing, a body thing and soul thing – and that is how he connects with his audience.
Someone said that “when all else fails, music speaks”, and everything rooted in passion is possible. One person who knows this all too well is Hlalefang ‘Fang DaRhythm’ Nomganga. Born at Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Hlalefang grew up in a small town 2 hours outside of Bloemfontein called Koffiefontein, He was 11 when he had to later leave Koffiefontein and move to Secunda to live with his dad and stepmom who both later passed on between the years 2000 and 2002.
This meant he had to make his way back to Johannesburg to then settle with his mom. Growing up listening to a lot of radio played a huge role in Fang’s love for music. He developed an ear for Deep House sound, yet maintained a healthy love for R&B, Jazz, Afro Soul and a bit of Hip-Hop. As his music knowledge broadened, so did the horizons of his inspiration.
“I’ve always been interested in the art of mixing music, though I only started practicing it later in my high school years. I began collecting a lot of music on vinyl and hung around two of my then friends who were well known DJ’s in Alexandra. I used their equipment every time I got a chance to jump on. Then I enrolled at a DJ school for a 3 months deejaying course.”
You can catch The Rhythm Sessions every Friday from 09:00pm to 10:00pm on Kaya FM.
“By playing some of the hottest house music on the planet from the past, the present and the future, we have cultivated an affluent, young and loyal following on a radio platform that boasts over 1 and a half million listeners.”
– Mark Francis has become a force to count with. An avid music listener and collector, he studied the artistry of the insanely talented DJ’s that influenced his career such as Tyrone Francis, Timmy Regisford, and Jihad Muhammad.
Mark developed his own niche; an innate ability to ride and blend tracks that take the dancer on a rhythmic journey. Since 2008, he’s been a member of the Shelter family.
On the production front, he put out his first EP, ‘London Girls’ on London label Tribe Records by late 2014. Since then, he has dropped regular gems on labels such as Tribe, Quantize Recordings and Makin Moves among others…
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