The new shapeshift
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