Friday, May 26, 2017

Shota – Be 10 (Timmy Regisford Vocal Mix)

First Listen: Shota – Be 10 (Timmy Regisford Vocal Mix) (Tribe Records)

I remember stumblin’ upon Shota when comin’ to hear the vibrant ‘Yini Ngawe’. One of the highlights from Culoe De Song‘s ‘Elevation’ album which he released back in 2011.
Well, almost 5 years have gone since then. And our man has progressively established himself as a name to definitely bookmark. Therefore on his way to unleash his fourth album (‘Timeless’). An album that sees him joining forces with producers Timmy Regisford, Adam Rios and Mark Francis.

Regisford makes proof once again of his perfect understanding of the singer’s perspective. He comes up with outstanding organ parts which he blends with relentless drum programming over a bumping bassline. This most likely adding much to Shota‘s uplifting approach. And, as a result, making of it a brilliant appetizer.
Let’see how you feel. We, as usual, welcome your feedback…
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Overview
Born in Durban, RSA, Mnqobi Mdabe (aka Shota) grew up and went to school in Umata in the Eastern Cape. After matric, he enrolled at the Natal Technikon in Kwa-Zulu Natal for a diploma in music. He eventually also worked as a voice lecturer at a college from Ntuzuma township.

It’s during this period that he came to meet Nkosinathi Maphumulo and Thandukwazi Sikhosana. In other words Black Coffee and Demor. The three of them forming an Afro-Pop trio named SHANA (Simply Hot And Naturally African) back in 1997.

Shota launched his solo career by the end of 2011. Speaking of his influences, he quotes Busi Mhlongo and the Soul Brothers. But also Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “who were celebrated at home as well as overseas…”

He created his own label – Shota Music – where he has released 4 albums so far, including the 2015 ‘Timeless’. An album which has seen him collaborating with US producers Timmy Regisford, Adam Rios and Mark Francis.

Shota has received extra echo abroad with UK label Tribe Records licensing three of his songs. From ‘Be 10’ to ‘Say Something’. With ‘Never Give Up’ completing the list as of yet.

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