Sunday, September 24, 2017

Culoe de Song feat. Shota – Yini Ngawe

Lost but not least! Culoe de Song feat. Shota – Yini Ngawe (Soulistic Music)

Culoe de Song‘s Elevation’ album stands without a single doubt among the 2011 highlights. An album which features Ternielle Nelson‘s blowing ‘African Woman’. But also the overwhelming ‘Yini Ngawe’ (which means ‘what about you?’) featuring Shota. The latter giving me the opportunity to discover a singer of a rare caliber. A man with a natural talent to turn everything he sings into another dimension. Just the way he did as a matter of fact on this uplifting gem sung in what I understand as being Zulu and English.

An unsung treasure from back at the time, I just can’t help thinking how ‘Yini Ngawe’ generated a real fascination to me. And it most likely still does nowadays. Therefore, no need to say how I deeply suggest those of you who missed it back then to give it a listen. Then to let us know about your feelings…

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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