First listen: De Cave Man & Tonicvolts feat. Zipho – Just Call Me (Mo’Black Records)
I guess this won’t be an offense to the protagonists of ‘Just Call Me’ whenever pointing out the existence of a parental link with productions by the likes of Black Coffee. If not with Culoe De Song‘s in terms of construction. And most likely when referring to the subtlety of the progression of its atmsophere. Mind you, here we go with nothing else but a rare emotional call. With thanks to Zipho Khumalo‘s vibrant vocal performance. Not to mention its mesmerizing synth lines over a bumpin’ tribalish rhyth pattern… South African House at its best!!!
‘Just Call Me…’ They pretty much did. How about you???
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– Hailing from the city of Durban, RSA, Jason Nkululeko Mkami aka (De Cave Man) started producing music back in 2007. Eventually releasing his music on digital stores since 2013.
His music originates and resembles the nature of his upbringing. A child from a strictly traditional home, he got exposed to the sounds of drums at a very early age. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Black Motion, Afrikan Roots and Boddhi Satva. Not to mention Culoe De Song and Black Coffee. As a result, he manipulated his understanding of the sounds he’s collected from them before crafting a sound of his own. Bringing it more flavor and dynamic variation to fit with his taste.
Over the years De Cave Man has forged a solid reputation of know how, getting recognition by his pairs in South Africa. But also abroad. This bringing him to collaborate with numerous artists from around the world. From Infected Souls to Pascal Morais and M. Caporale to name a few. Not to mention his current duo partner, Tonicvolts, with whom he started working back in June 2016.
– Born on Jan. 01, 1992, Senzo ‘TonicVolts’ Mhlongo has fallen in love with music. Growin’ up in Newlands West in Durban Kwa-Zulu Natal, he started off as a local dancer. Eventually forming groups with friends and competing with other groups from different parts of Durban.
He came to discover a sofware known as Fruity Loops. That got him to want to know how creating his own sounds while using it. Movin’ from Newlands to Pinetown, he joined Blackroof Entertainment. An entertainment label where he hooked up with DJ’s such as Mzansi, Saneristo and Soykos. But also DJ Tempo and Manqoba (Exothermic Sounds). There, he gained a lot of knowledge about music as to how to present himself and behave as an artist.
He eventually joined forces with Mfundo ‘Lungelbox’ Mkhize and launched a project called Kosha Roots back in 2011. They started as a digital record label, before releasing music on local label Anarchy Music. Delivering their debut EP – ‘Dance To Dreams’ – during the Summer of 2013. And eventually remixing Oral Deep‘s ‘Ndizobuyel’eKhaya’ for the same label a few weeks after. The twosome releasing a second EP – ‘Colours’ – by the beginning of 2014
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