The new shapeshift

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LOCAL REPORT -

When he ap­peared in 2000, Jabba was at the van­guard of artists who thought deeply and se­ri­ously about their mu­sic, re­fus­ing the strict genre cat­e­gories that record la­bels and ra­dio wanted to im­pose. Six­teen years later, that artis­tic pulse is loudly beat­ing with a grow­ing num­ber of ex­cit­ing, un­classi able artists peo­ple like DJ Spoko, Mashayabhu e KaMamba, Maramza and Nonku Phiri more on this new mu­si­cal guard later .

Even in the main­stream, there’s been a shift. Beat­en­berg’s Matthew Field, Robin Brink and Ross Dorkin have be­come the big­gest lo­cal pop band of the last 20 years and they’ve done it with two no­table fea­tures The Hang­ing Gar­dens of Beat­en­berg is an in­tensely lit­er­ate record, mark­ing out Matthew as an ex­tra­or­di­nary song­writer. It’s also de­liv­ered songs that get as much play on Metro FM as FM, turn­ing the multi-award-win­ning al­bum into the rst proper cross­over record since Man­doza’s 2000 hit song ‘Nkalakatha’. Beat­en­berg has that rare abil­ity to mix the best parts of pop mu­sic with home­spun in uences, with a com­plex­ity and nat­u­ral­ness that is not of­ten heard.

ELO DJ Spoko; Mashayab­huqe KaMamba; Nonku Phiri

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