The beautiful sounds of Thee Legacy
IF LADYSMITH Black Mambazo and The Soil had a musical child, then that child would sound a lot like Thee Legacy.
The mostly a capella-based musicians from KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal were introduced when they won the singing competition The Sing Off SA in 2015.
The group, with an outstanding Isicathamiya sound have come a long way since. Yesterday, they beamed with pride at the pre-screening of their music video for Wena wedwa. The song forms part of a 16-track debut album.
Media personality Mesia Gumede dubbed them “the legacy of the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo who are definitely set to leave their own legacy in the music industry”.
The all-male group comprises Jabulani Mthembu (lead singer), Philani Duma, Simphiwe Sikhakhane, Emille Ngcobo and Khanyisani Mazibuko. They are the voices behind the latest Simba advert under the Mapha theme.
They have also worked with local music industry namebrands RJ Benjamin and Samthing Soweto.
Mthembu said: “We pride ourselves on the authentic African sound we offer, and we have since decided that we are going to make Isicathamiya ‘cool’ again.”
They have disassociated Isicathamiya with the notion of “old and boring” by incorporating dance moves such as the dab and Nae Nae (which they call Scatha’naenae).
Their music video follows a simple concept that gives their music a chance to stand out. Though Mthembu takes centre stage, the other members get adequate spotlight. The group said they are hugely influenced by the Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and aspire to become as great. “We used to hang out in their rehearsal space and even though we did not initially think that this would be our signature sound, we shared the love for Isicathamiya,” Duma said.
The group have also earned a Metro FM Awards best remix nomination for Sthandwa Sami (Mr Kamera remix).
The Wena wedwa music video will be on air on Thee Legacy’s Vevo channel from tomorrow.
INSPIRATION: Grammy Awardwinning Ladysmith Black Mambazo.