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Nduduzo Releases Beneath The Earth

Beneath the Earth” is a composition by Nduduzo Makhathini featuring lead vocals by Msaki (co-lyricist) along with Makhathini’sown voice and gently seeking piano, plus a soaring alto saxophone solo by Logan Richardson. The band also includes tenor saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane, trumpeter Ndabo Zulu, drummer Ayanda Sikade, bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell Le Pere, percussionist Gontse Makhene, and backing vocals by his wife Omagugu Makhathini and their children Nailah, Thingo, and Moyo. A previous single “Yehlisan’uMoya” (Spirit Come Down) has also been released featuring impassioned vocals by Omagugu.

“‘Beneath the Earth’ speaks to a way of locating our Gods and developing a language of communication with them,” says Makhathini. “Similar to most cultures on the continent it references the soil (the underworlds)as our symbol of communication. As such the tune connects with the larger themes of the album, that is seeking communication with other worlds that constitute an African way of seeing and cosmology. I situate the idea of a ‘letter’ as a metaphor that runsthrough the entire project.

Stream It Now

https://nduduzomakhathini.Ink.to/ModesOfCommunication


LADY ZAMAR RELEASE MORE and MORE!

‘This was the last song we recorded for the album. It’s like a prayer, a desire, a heart cry. It’s the only song that made me cry when I started writing it because I realized at that moment that… this is what I want… what I really want. Even when we were done with it, in the driveway at home, I just burst into tears, just acknowledging the depth of what I had just put out. I hope this song will heal a lot of people. I hope couples will understand that it is a give and take. We often don’t want to admit that we need other people… and I think that is a flawed way of thinking. With More and More I hope to fix that both with myself and everyone else.”

The visuals were teased across Lady Zamar’s socials late 2019 showing the award winning artist getting married!  Video Drops Fri, 13 March 2020!

STREAM/DOWNLOAD MONARCH ALBUM NOW!

https://ladyzamar.lnk.to/MONARCH


Johnny Clegg – The Official Tribute Concert

Biggest line-up of performers since ‘Concert in the Park’ to pay tribute to the iconic Johnny Clegg

On the 25th of April, 2020, some of South Africa’s top performers will come together on one stage in a fitting tribute to one of the most iconic figures in South African music history.    

Johnny Clegg captured the hearts of a nation and the tribute concert, taking place at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (Johannesburg), will feature fellow musicians that will commemorate his life and his musical career including the likes of Prime Circle, Just Jinjer, Karen Zoid, Black Coffee, Soweto Gospel Choir,  Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Francois van Coke, Jesse Clegg, Cito from Wonderboom, Zolani Mahola, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Majozi, Kurt Darren, Young Mbazo, The Parlotones, Lira, Arno Carstens and Matthew Mole.

Paying homage to a unique partnership that started back in the early 70’s, Johnny’s long-time friend, Sipho Mchunu (from Juluka-fame) will also be making a special appearance; as well as Ella Mental and éVOID (who are specially flying in from London) – both of which performed alongside Johnny at the Ellis Park Stadium iconic Concert in the Park in 1985; as well as Bright Blue.

Jenny Clegg says: “Jesse, Jaron and I are incredibly excited and proud to be able to celebrate Johnny’s life on the 25th of April with a day of music and togetherness.  For someone who was so passionate about human connection and the role of music, art and culture, this event embraces and celebrates who he was and what his legacy stands for.  We are humbled by how many incredible artists are participating in honouring his memory and we look forward to sharing this special day with you in the spirit of the Great Heart.

There will also be a dance tribute performed by dancers from Zululand and the local hostels.

Johnny’s style of music traversed cultural barriers like few others and he used his music to speak to every person and to show us what it was to embrace other cultures without losing your identity.  This tribute show is a dedication to his life and the deep footprints that he has left in the hearts of the African nation,” adds Johnny’s long-time manager and friend, Roddy Quin (Real Concerts).

Johnny Clegg – The Tribute Show will take place on Saturday, 25th April at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (entrance on Thomas Bowler Street).  Gates open at 10h00 with performances commencing at 11h00 – 18h00.

Money will be raised at the event for the Click Foundation, supporting ‘The Friends of Johnny Clegg’ charity which was established with Johnny in December 2018.

Nicola Harris, CEO, Click Foundation comments: “Johnny represented all that is great about South Africa, leading from the front he used his music to show how social barriers and prejudice can be broken. He recognised that education was a key component of a brighter, non-racial future for all South Africans. We are honoured to have had his support and to carry his legacy forward in the work that we do implementing online English literacy programmes in underprivileged primary schools across the country. We are thrilled to be a beneficiary of his Tribute concert and look forward to celebrating his life on the day”.

The primary focus of the Click Foundation is the implementation of an online phonetics-based English literacy programme in over 160 underprivileged primary schools, reaching more than 100,000 learners.  The programme offers young learners the opportunity to work at their own pace through fun and exciting activities, navigating their learning journey by means of technology. In doing so, they not only address the literacy crisis but also equip young learners with the technological skills required for future success in our digital-first world.  Furthermore, they have created over 350 jobs for youth facilitators from the communities surrounding their schools.

www.clickfoundation.co.za

Tickets for Johnny Clegg – The Tribute Show are available from Computicket.

General Admission:

Early Bird Adult (valid until 8th March): R360

Adult General: R425

Children (under 12): R225

Golden Circle:

Early Bird Adult (valid until 8th of March): R560

Adult: R625

Children (under 12): R325

VIP:

VIP Adult: R1600

VIP Children (under 12): R1600

Official secure parking from 09h00 will be available at Roosevelt High School and can be purchased for R25 per vehicle via Computicket.  Access is via the entry gate on c/o Thomas Bowler Street and 5th Avenue. 

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Tkinzy collaborates with award-winning rapper, Emtee on an upcoming single titled ‘NATURAL’

Former Gallo & Soul Candi Records artist Anthony Felix better known as ‘Tkinzy’ is excited to announce his collaboration with Emtee on his single ‘Natural’. Just after Tkinzy announced his return to the music industry from a two-year break, this talented actor and musician is excited to be releasing his first single under his own record company, Kinging Music Records.

Kinging Music Records is happy and excited to announce that both the single and song will drop on the same day.
“Well, I am very happy working with Emtee. It has been a long time coming as we both started the same time, known each other since 2013 before he got signed to Ambitious and I was signed to Gallo Records. So we both had to make a dope record for the fans to enjoy” says Tkinzy.

Commenting on their collaboration, this is what rapper, Emtee had to say – “Tkinzy is a talented artist and we had no choice than to give the fans what they want, everyone is excited about this collaboration, including me” 

The song was produced by Kinging Records’ inhouse producer Dr Jazz, who shared the following comments;
“Tkinzy is an easy-going and calm person to work within the studio. Down to earth individual – he’s got a sonorous voice that sticks with you. The song ‘Natural’ was an idea he (Tkinzy) had in his head, so he called me and we talked about it where we ended up creating a beautiful song together. At some point, we decided we wanted a good artist to feature on the song – the team made it happen and we made the song “Natural” featuring South African Rapper Emtee”


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