Tennerz: Stones & Bones feat. Mpumi – Masambe (MoBlack Records)
I never thought there’s a real need to understand the lyrics to enthuse about piece of music. Of course, this remains a definitive plus when you happen to do so. But does everyone in the world understand English at the end? Nope, meaning that for the ones who don’t, it will be more of matter of perceiving the vibe at first, right? Meawnhile, don’t even ask me what “Masambe” means as such, even though I saw it associated with the word “Masters”. But also as the name of a South African online events directory. If not the title of a smooth jam by the likes of Jaziel Brothers featuring Theo.
As the European citizen I happen to be, ‘Masambe’ encompasses the elements that make the African culture so fascinating to me. From Mpumi‘s haunting way of singing sounding like an incantation. To the subtle juxtaposition of elements brought together by producers Casper Steenkamp and Kgothatso Mohlaka aka Stones & Bones. The twosome blending hypnotizing and complex effects of deep Jazz/Funk over a pulsating rhythm pattern. In other words, and to say the least, ‘Masambe’ is pure maestria…
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Stones & Bones is a Gauteng-based House outfit that saw the light back in 2010. They use a combination of House beats and live instruments to create food for the soul and fresh grooves for the dance floor. Since their formation, their music has spread like a wildfire across the plains of South Africa, Africa and the world.
What makes this group so unique is their ability to combine acoustic instruments with electronic beats and soulful vocals. This while still maintaining a groove that will rock the floor. Their combination of rhythm and melody has crowds dancing and singing like there is no tomorrow.
Hearing the band’s music is amazing but seeing them perform live is even more mind-blowing. These 2 guys DJ, they sing, they dance, they play guitars, saxophones, keys, synths. And, more widely, almost anything else that they can get their hands on. There is never a dull moment when these folks are on stage.
The music is unique. Whether it’s a heart-warming love song that reaches deep into the soul or a pumping, high energy dance anthem that has the dance floor bouncing, there always remains a distinct Stones & Bones flavor. The music feels real and alive. Meanwhile, the live instruments give it colour and realness that many producers search for their whole lives.
The combination of KG Bones and CJ Stone is not one that you would expect to see in a House duo. Yet, it works like magic. They have a chemistry and musical understanding between them that transcends language and culture. Something that you can only get through making music together for a long time.
KG Bones is the DJ and the lead vocalist. Inbetween, he still finds time to jump on the synthesizer. Having grown up listening to House Music and learning to produce music and play keys in high school, the logical next step for Bones was to sing. As it turns out, he has an incredible voice, filled with soul and emotion. The type of vocalist that can make you miss someone that you have never met.
Casper J Stone or CJ Stone as many know him, has been a musician since he was 13. He learnt to play saxophone and guitar in high school and never looked back. CJ has explored many genres and is proficient in the theory of music. This becomes clear when he picks up a musical instrument. The man knows exactly what the rules are and still has no qualms about breaking them when he bursts into fiery guitar solos or plays soothing melodies on the sax.
Stones & Bones have performed at a wide selection of venues throughout Gauteng. Meanwhike DJ’s are already going crazy to get their hands on anything which the duo has produced or remixed.
The members of Stones & Bones are fulltime musicians and producers who are single-mindedly focused on their craft. They have all the characteristics one needs to form a super group and yet, they are pleasant individuals who understand how important music is for the listener. Always finding time to chat to a fan or fellow producer after a performance…
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