Mon. Oct. 22, 2018

Shota – Smile (Timmy Regisford Shelter Mix)

First Listen: Shota – Smile (Timmy Regisford Shelter Mix) (Tribe Records)

If a regular of these shores as of our Facebook page, then these names shouldn’t sound unfamiliar to you. Beginning with NYC Shelter Club Resident DJ Timmy Regisford. But also South African singer Mnqobi Mdabe better known as Shota. Not to mention their association which gave birth to a handful of gems in the past years. With the uplifting ‘Smile’ appearing as the latest to date on their list.

All in all, and referring to his repertoire, Shota has always seemed to have an inclination for positive themes. With this new episode most likely speakin’ for itself. Meanwhile evoking the strength a man may feel whenever receiving a smile from a girl. The kind of sign that makes life more pleasant as a matter of fact. Don’t you think?

And if if wasn’t enough, French DJ/producer Manoo adds his voice with a stellar alternative remix. Most likely bringing the whole to another dimension. Let’s see which one will be your fav…

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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. Meanwhile the connection with both his US producers and British label continues in 2018 with the release of ‘Smile’ featuring an additional remix courtesy of Manoo.

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