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As­mall and ex­clu­sive gath­er­ing was held at World of Yamaha in Sand­ton on Wed­nes­day to cel­e­brate the re­lease of mu­si­cian Anatii’s highly an­tic­i­pated al­bum. He has en­joyed suc­cess with his col­lab­o­ra­tions and fea­tures with artists in­clud­ing DJ Dim­plez, Riky Rick and Cassper Ny­ovest, all of whom came out to show Anatii some love.

The event had all the es­sen­tials for a swaggy north Jozi event. If you are won­der­ing what th­ese may in­clude, well, it’s sim­ple: you will need stylishly dressed mod­els such as K-Naomi and Ba­balwa Mneno in at­ten­dance; se­cure a Yamaha show­room floor as your en­trance area, com­plete with speed boats, grand pianos and mo­tor­cy­cles as dé­cor; have an abun­dance of cham­pagne; and get Da L.E.S – the North God him­self – and Danny K as your hosts, and you’re all set.

Danny K played us a pre­re­corded in­ter­view with Anatii in which he talked about his al­bum ti­tle, Ar­ti­ifact. Anatii ex­plained that “it would be viewed be­yond be­ing just a play on the word ‘art’”, but also as a hid­den phrase that can be read as “art to fact”. “Ev­ery­thing in my songs has hap­pened in my own life.” He also men­tioned that he was for­tu­nate enough to have worked with in­ter­na­tional acts who gen­uinely “feel” his mu­sic. “I got Grammy Award­win­ning artists singing in isiXhosa and ask­ing me how to pro­nounce the words,” he said. He coyly didn’t men­tion who the big-name artists might be. And then it was time for him to give us a taste of what to ex­pect, and his set of­fered some of what he has be­come known for with tracks like Feel­ing On Me and the club banger My Own – a track DJ Milk­shake must be glad he fea­tured this ur­ban crooner on.

The small room of peo­ple could hardly con­tain them­selves when he per­formed the street an­them Jump, in which he ap­pears along­side rap­pers Cassper Ny­ovest and new sen­sa­tion Nasty C.

His al­bum is ready and boasts an ex­per­i­men­tal sound that was un­ex­pected but in­ter­est­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Hours is the lat­est sin­gle and he most cer­tainly had the ladies in mind when work­ing on this track.

Over­drive, the sec­ond sin­gle, is re­ally hot, and is a hip-sway­ing, Afro-pop joint that sounds like a fu­sion of sub­tle hiphop el­e­ments.

If the launch was any­thing to go by, this al­bum will be a goodie.


MAN OF THE MOMEMT Anatii READY TO JOL From left: Cassper Ny­ovest, Rikhado Makhado, Da L.E.S, Danny K and Lisa Gun­delfin­ger

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