First Listen! Zandy Shejay feat. Thandi Draai – Journey Into My Heart (Bang The Drum Vocal) (Movement Soul)
‘Journey Into My Heart’ originally saw the light back in October 2013 on Baainar Records. Now, the good news is that this jewel by the likes of NYC-based South African multi-talented Zandy SheJay and up & coming singer Thandi Draai looks set for a new life. This with the injection of new vitamins by the likes of Bang The Drum mastermind Jihad Muhammad, turning it into an instantly appealing Afro/soulful affair. And, in the meantime enhancing its lyrical introspective content.
‘Journey Into My Heart…’ We just want more of this!
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– Hailing from the small town of Margate, South Africa, Thandi Draai‘s passion for music began when she was just a little girl. Music was a great way to escape from reality. And ever since that experience, she has never looked back. One of Draai‘s highlights was her performance at the International Dance Competition which occured in the South Coast of KZN back in 2003. There, she dazzled the crowd with her magical voice. A truly overwhelming feeling for her, she then knew that music was her calling.
Thandi Draai moved to Johannesburg in 2010 to pursue her career in music. She did her first recording at Ma-Pee productions where one of the local DJ’s, DJ BOngz, was working on a album. Thandi appeared on a couple of songs from the ‘Mystic Soul’ album. She then continued to spread her wings even further, reaching the hearts and souls of music consumers.
Thandi then met the family at Soulcandi Institute Of Music. There she worked on a couple of projects with Soulcandi crew members Kudoskelem and Juvinale Dee. She later met Soulcandi’s very own House producers V. Underground and Cuebur. And she also co-wrote ‘Dreamer’ with Mi Casa‘s J’Something. A joint that saw her teamin’ up with Ultra Tone back in 2011, becoming one of her greatest international releases.
Life brings the most inspiration into Thandi’s music creations, from the positive to the negative aspects. From then, she has worked with countless producers. From Charles Webster (‘Freedom’) to Jus Native (‘Crazy Love’) and Cuebur (‘I’m In Love’). Not to mention Zandy Shejay (‘Journey Into My Heart’). And Josi Chave on ‘I Luv Da Waya’, from the recently released ‘Noise Of Africa’ compilation on Blacknoize Records. Meanwhile, she released ‘Down On Me’ under her own banner with a stellar remix courtesy of Monodeluxe.
Thandi Draai is currently working on her debut-album. Be on the lookout for this exciting project filled with sensational, exotic and captivating sounds, vocals and melodies for a real sentimental drive…
– A native of Newark, NJ, Jihad Muhammad began exploring his love for music and DJing at the early age of 12. The first traces one can find of him in terms of discography bring us back to 2001. Back then he did a rework of ‘My Heavenly Stars’ for Black Masses on Easy Street. We then would have to wait a couple of extra years though to hear his first production. An instrumental by the likes of ‘Movement Blues’ which saw the light back in 2004 on Blaze Imprints.
Another important date for him would be early 2006 and the launch of his Movement Soul label. A label which he runs with a lot of care. Obviously opting for quality rather than quantity. Just as his own productions or remixes, as a matter of fact. Eventually sharing the duties with Blaze on a revamp of Jephté Guillaume presents AK‘s ‘Shining Your Way’. Or on his own, remixing Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Change The World’ and Tamara Wellons‘s ‘Like Rain’ back in 2008.
2009 saw him launching Bang The Drum. A monthy party that has hosted some of the best DJ’s and artists in the underground Dance Scene. Its purpose being to promote the Global Soul Movement. A movement which Jihad defines as follows… “Soulful music (House, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat). And most likely any music that touches the soul of all people… Of all races.” That to him makes it Global…
Jihad Muhammad‘s signature has most likely established itself as a guarantee of quality. A signature one could define as a trancey blend of Afro, Latin and Jazz vibes with a soulful edge. With gems such as ‘Destiny’ which he remixed for DJ Beloved & Shane or ‘Journey Into My Heart’ for Zandy Shejay & Thandi Draai adding to his reputation. But also ‘Heaven’ for Jersey Soul presents Walter Christopher. Not to mention ‘Live Your Life Your Way’ along with Earthman Experience. Or the stellar ‘Illusions’. The whole in addition to his rework of ‘Come Over’ for Nina Provencal. And, last but not least, the mesmerizing ‘Butterfly’ for Vangela Crowe.
2018 seeing him reachin’ new peaks. Eventually joinin’ forces with Carissa Nicole. This on an outstanding reconstruction of Ta-Ku featuring Alina Baraz‘ original ‘Down For You’…