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S R&B and soul artist Musiq Soulchild be­lieves the pop­u­lar­ity of his cho­sen genre is de­clin­ing, and mu­sic lovers just don’t want R&B any more.

In a can­did in­ter­view with City Press ahead of his con­certs in Jo­han­nes­burg and Cape Town, which are part of the Win­ter Jazz Fes­ti­val, Musiq re­vealed that bookings for him had been dry­ing up – even though he would have liked more op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet fans.

“I al­ways like to travel to other places. And peo­ple ask when I’m com­ing to their city be­cause they think it’s easy to just per­form in a city. But it doesn’t work that way,” he told City Press.

“There are costs to get my band and me there. And there are places I still want to go, but there are just no R&B bookings for R&B artists.

“Peo­ple are look­ing for some­thing else, which is fine. It’s fine, but then it just means we can’t be where we want to be,” he ex­plained.

How­ever, South African fans would dis­agree with him – R&B and soul re­main popular mu­sic gen­res in the coun­try, along­side gospel and House mu­sic. Musiq’s cat­a­logue of songs re­mains firmly on lo­cal ra­dio playlists.

“Peo­ple are also very con­cerned with mu­sic cat­e­gories and gen­res and, re­ally, that’s not that im­por­tant. You can make and en­joy mu­sic that isn’t a par­tic­u­lar name or cat­e­gory.

“I call what I do soul mu­sic be­cause it comes from my soul. And that may or may not fit into a box, but if you en­joy it, what it does it mat­ter?”

Musiq also had some great news for fans lo­cally and abroad. He is in the process

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