The beau­ti­ful sounds of Thee Legacy

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - CHRIZELDA KEKANA

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.

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