Wed. Dec. 12, 2018

KingSfiso feat. Mbuso Khoza – Ilanga (Remix)

Single Of The Week: KingSfiso feat. Mbuso Khoza – Ilanga (Manoo Remix) (MoBlack Records)

I so wish I would have had some understanding of Swahili Isizulu (*). This would then most likely have allowed me to catch the meaning of these jewels we happen to bring to your attention on these shores, beginning with ‘Ilanga’. But also ‘Yini Ngawe’ by the likes of Culoe De Song featuring Shota for instance …

To say the least, Mbuso Khoza‘s vocal performance sounds so touching. Therefore adding to the feeling of frustration engendered by the fact of not being able to understand the lyrics. With your kind help more than welcome anytime to translate this.

Thereafter some precision we got from KingSfiso himself on Twitter about this song…

So this is a Zulu love song,it talks about how deeply rooted the love shared by these 2 people is.Not even the heaviest storm and wind can shake it,and if he ever forgot about her,the sun will set during the day which is something that’s unheard of…

— SHIKILA ON ITUNES (@kingsfiso) May 22, 2018

(*) Meanwhile a reader’s comment on KingSfiso’s Facebook wall lets us understanding this is not Swahili as initially thought but Isizulu…

‘Ilanga’ has been around for quite some time as a matter of fact. Delivered with a myriad of remixes since its release some time back in 2016. And I guess / hope this won’t make offense to anyone stating that this remix by the likes of Manoo appears as the icing on the cake. The man bringin’ his own hypnotic signature to this gem. Meanwhile staying true to the allusion DJ Micks made of him. This back in 2009 on his “Manoo Style” remix of Gladys Knight & The PipsNeither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)’.

As a result, no wonder why ‘Ilanga’ looks due to find a mention in our 10 essential 2018 tracks…

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Overview
– A native of Soweto, Jo’burg, Sfiso Sibiya aka King Sfiso is no new comer. At least on the airwaves where he started his career back in 2003 as a news reader, on Comuta FM.
He eventually came to present a mid-morning show, then soon after switched to the breakfast time. He then joined Dunns FM where he hosted the Saturday brunch, meanwhile flirting with swingin’ vibes. But his big break would come in the middle of 2006 when he got offered to host the party time slot on Gagasi FM, the fastest growing station in Kwa Zulu Natal. This eventually bringin’ him to talk about lifestyle and the hottest in House Music.

As far as we know, Sfiso has released two cuts so far. With ‘Ilanga’ comin’ first. Then ‘Shikila’ by by the end of 2017, along with Mbuso Khoza and Spiritbanger.

– Lyon, the capital of Gaule (France’s former name), came to give a brilliant answer to the Parisian deep House scene. Back then, you would most likely see its activists becoming regulars a little club (although only by the size): L’Ambassade! In others words, people such as Klement Bonnelli, Lea Lisa and Rocco to name a few.

It was then just a matter of time before its DJ/resident – Manoo – would join the movement. Something he endly did back in 2002. Releasing his first EP – ‘Love island’ – with the latter and Alex Santos under the Rodamaal guise. The threesome getting extra recognition the year after with ‘Musica Feliz’ on Ben Watts‘ Buzzin Fly label. Before teamin’ up with Ludovic Allen for ‘The Good Reason’ on French label Basenotic that same year.

From then, Manoo established his own style. Crafting African influenced syncopated atmospheres such as on ‘This Is A Test’. A cut which Franck Roger signed on his Earthrumental label.

Becoming one of the most sought after remixers, he collaborated with countless luminaries. From Dennis Ferrer to Osunlade, Louie Vega or St-Germain. Not to mention David Anthony and Beverlei Brown on ‘I Don’t Know Why’ which stands among our 10 essential Quantize Recordings gems. Then ‘I’m ‘Free’ for the latter a few months after. Meanwhile eventually influencing younger pairs likeDJ Micks. Such as the latter stated it on his memorable rework of Gladys Knight‘s ‘Neither One of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)’.

His rework of ‘Ilanga’ for upcoming South African producer KingSfiso brilliantly pushing the vibe forward.

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