First Listen! DJ SGZ starring Nina Provencal – Trouble (Extended Mix) (Nightshade Music Group)
DJ SGZ affirming his sound signature on the jazzy and soulful ‘Trouble’ along with london-based Elliot Blackler on guitar. Therefore providing the right environment for Nina Provencal‘s vocal performance.
The kind of ‘Trouble’ we just happen to like. How about yourself???
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– Hailing from Johannesburg, RSA, Gugulethu Mokwebo opened his musical path at the age of 15. Back then, he would mix music while using cassette and two tape decks, blending Afro, jazzy, Funk and Soul vibes. Meanwhile quoting his late dad who was a heavy Jazz collector and a neighbour who happened to be DJing back then as his first sources of inspiration.
SGZ also happened to share the duties with Mellow D under the Stuntmen Project guise. Soon after they got a publishing deal at Sheer Music company where Qness happened to work. The latter gettin’ them to release their music on vinyl one could find at the House Afrika Records vinyl store back then.
Late 2011, SGZ hooked up with DJ Aphreme who got him to remix ‘Bless The Rhythm’ featuring Black Mamba. After a couple of releases on his own, SGZ eventually launched his own label – Nightshade Music Group – in 2012. Opening its account with ‘Changes’ followed by the infectious ‘Sunday Morning’. Then the blowin’ ‘Free’ along with respectively Maddocks and Ras Vadah on vocal duties. The same protagonists we would find a few months later together with British guitarist Elliott Blackler on ‘Keep On Movin’. And, more recently on the uplifting ‘Celebration’.
Humbly dedicated to his art, DJ SGZ has paved his path with extra gems such as ‘Trouble’ feat. Nina Provencal or ‘Live Your Life’ with Julie Iwheta. Not to mention ‘Changes’ along with Table Dance and Ame Sucre. Which are as many illustrations of his definitive Midas touch…
In addition to this, he launched his online radio show – The Nightshade Sessions – which helped him push his brand. But also allowed him to welcome guest mixes from the likes of Ralf GUM, Jonny Montana, Abicah Soul and Sir LSG to name a few.
– Nina Provencal comes from a small town in West Yorkshire. A town that has significantly grown in every way since she left back in the 90’s to go to university. But back then, like many small towns, it was stifling for Nina. This was not a bad thing though. In fact, feeling trapped fuelled her imagination which was a defining factor in the development of her career. Through the need to escape Nina (friends call her ‘Provencal or just ‘Prov’) lost herself in putting pen to paper. And so began the journey of an artist where all that really mattered was the freedom to express the things that touched her most.
As a young writer, Nina interpreted very real events into abstract poems or short stories. People often assumed these works were written by someone much older, as her experiences were expressed wisely, eloquently and boldly through the eyes of a child. It wasn’t until much later that she discovered her talent to sing, perfecting delivery and crafting song writing in her teens.
Searching for love, truth, freedom, her soul mate. All those wonderful things we can all relate to. Not to mention big questions like what is our purpose? Is there a higher power? Each song carries a message, the vocal delivery and instrumentation stirring emotion. Songs like ‘Fallen’ and ‘Nobody Here But Us’ have infectious hooks and a simplicity that somehow seems to draw you in. You can hear in the work that Nina has a commitment to producing quality lyrics and music. The proper of a dynamic talent moving through genres with such strength and vulnerability at the same time.
For the last three years Nina Provencal has been collaborating with a number of House producers. With this resulting in an impressive portfolio of tracks on digital release. Going back to a place which brought such joy as a teenager, the House world is showing Nina big love right now. She released her first House track, ‘Breakdown’, in 2013 on Makin’ Moves. Then soon after quickly caught the attention of the South African and USA House movements.
Since then Nina has had a number of successful releases working with some of South African’s finest raw talent. From Deep City Central (‘Come On Back’) to DJ SGZ (‘Trouble’). Eventually finding a strong connection with NYC DJ/producer Jihad Muhammad, successively on ‘Soul Saviour’ then ‘Come Over’ which he re-produced for her.
Nina’s love of music doesn’t stop with House music. Drum & Bass is also a part of her repertoire. Her works with producer outfit Brascoe are edgy, and effortlessly catchy. Nina’s vocal is undoubtedly rooted in Soul, an earlier EP release in her career, ‘The Soulistic EP’ and ‘Good Stuff’ are both available on iTunes.