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Five minutes with musical maestro Majozi

ELMARIE KRUGER

Pop sensation Majozi gained a lot of local attention with his hit song “Darling”. Perdeby caught up with the singer to talk about his brand new album, Fire.

 

You have just released Fire. What can listeners expect from the release?

Expect a sonic journey that hopefully will leave a smile on your face [when] it’s done.

 

What was your favourite song to record on the album?

“Our last goodbye”. It’s probably the song I’m most proud of.

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Zayn Mind of Mine - review

KOJO ESSAH

Zayn Malik is an English singer and songwriter who came to prominence as a member of popular boy band One Direction. He left the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career under the stage name Zayn and released Mind of Mine, on 25 March.

His debut solo studio album, Mind of Mine, is a multi-layered album that explores the thoughts and feelings of the singer. It is filled with mature lyrics about love, relationships, sex, his time with One Direction, and the idea of self-discovery.

The album opens with the title track “Mind of mine” in which Zayn invites listeners to explore the contents of his mind that he makes available over the course of the album. “Pillowtalk” is arguably the most well-known song on the album so far with its racy and upbeat, yet tasteful and poetic lyrics about sex. Zayn sings about the rawness, pleasure and purity of sex, and the physical and spiritual elements of the activity. Zayn’s brilliant vocals, along with the catchy chorus and melody, make this song one of the most memorable on the album.

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#FreeRassie: neo-struggle song becomes sensation

THOMAS MARAIS

After the events that kicked off the #AfrikaansMustFall movement, the arrest of former SRC president “Rassie” Rasethaba caused a group of UP students to compose and release a song in protest against this. Called “#FreeRassie”, this hip-hop style song caught on with a great number of people and garnered the artists a good deal of attention. Perdeby sat down with these students, known as Focalistic, Nolosel, Papi and Power, to get some info on their creative process.

 

What made you decide to focus on former SRC President Rasethaba, as opposed to the others who were wrongfully arrested?

We were recording a different song when one of our friends came in and told us that Rassie was arrested. She said we should make a song about it, [and] just freestyle it. It started out as a joke, and we thought at that time that only Rassie had been arrested, and later he sort of became the face of the Tuks 27.

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Thieve Extra Ordinary - review

CAROLYN HUGHES

The names Andrew Davenport, Fred den Hartog and Sheldon Yoko have become familiar on the South African alternative music scene. With lead singer Davenport coming from local mega-band aKing and Den Hartog and Yoko hailing from Die Heuwels Fantasties, the group have brought together an exciting collaboration by the name of Thieve.

Extra Ordinary is the group’s second full length album and has been widely and enthusiastically received among fans thus far.

The band recorded a large part of the album in a makeshift beach studio in Vleesbaai, which featured in their first music video for their single “Wild Western Cape”. This single serves as the opening track on the album and sets the tone for a happy and positive listening experience.

Extra Ordinary is captivating from start to finish, encompassing both upbeat, pop-electro tunes and soulful ballads alike, strung together with many comforting and familiar guitar riffs. It is an eclectic mix of sounds and genres. Each track is distinctly different from the next. The tracklist is comprised of 12 songs, and each one comes together as an easy-listening, familiar sing-along favourite.

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The Sextons: welcome to forever

JULIA BAIN

Genre-wise, The Sextons’ music is hard to define. The band has recently released their debut album, Welcome to Forever, which draws on various influences, from pop to soul to reggae. Perdeby spoke to the band about the release and their future plans.

 

What were your influences for your album Welcome to Forever?

Welcome to Forever is a culmination of influences, memories, life experiences and events that materialised [in] the recording studio. The inspiration is purely a dreamy rendition of life and everything in between. Recording this album has been a lifelong ambition.

Our sound is a combination of singer/songwriter, folk, jazz, reggae, progressive rock, blues, and funk. All of these elements and varied genres inspire our sound. We all have different influences musically and that is a great combination for a unique sound.

Also as a songwriter, the sound/mood of the song is depicted by the contents of the lyrics. The story more often than not displays the mood and sets the scene.

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