Jazz mu­sic with African notes

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IF YOU have never heard the name Muofhe Mulovhedzi, you are miss­ing out on a true South African gem.

The Afro-jazz singer and poet re­cently re­leased her new sin­gle, Lo Tsha, off her sec­ond al­bum by the same ti­tle.

“That is how Venda peo­ple greet each other into a new day and that’s what I wanted for my new al­bum… to bring some­thing new,” said Mulovhedzi, who’s also a pub­lished au­thor.

The 31-year-old star grew up in a mu­si­cal fam­ily in Lim­popo and she started play­ing the gui­tar at age 16.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to ex­plore the depths of mu­sic and for me jazz had that thing. I love ex­plor­ing African sounds, I am moved and mes­merised by the nostal­gic sounds.”

As a cre­ative, Mulovhedzi has al­ways wanted to get to the heart of peo­ple. In 2015, she pub­lished her first novel – Wait­ing on To­mor­row – that was about chal­leng­ing so­cial norms.

Her de­but al­bum, Mys­ter­ies of Love, was also re­leased in 2015 and was a com­bi­na­tion of na­tive rhythms with mod­ern Afro-soul sounds in her mother tongue.

I’ve re­leased an al­bum now in the fash­ion I wanted

“With that al­bum I was still find­ing my sound. Venda mu­sic has an African nostal­gic sound. Even when I was choos­ing which lan­guage to sing in, it’s al­ways been about the tra­di­tional rhythms mixed with con­tem­po­rary sounds.”

She said it had al­ways been im­por­tant to tell her story prop­erly and with this new al­bum, that’s what she has man­aged to do.

“When you are on a mu­si­cal jour­ney, you worry about what you have done.

“I’ve re­leased an al­bum now in the fash­ion I wanted. I was more in­volved in the pro­duc­tion and song writ­ing and my po­etry showed through.”

Mulovhedzi wants peo­ple who buy this al­bum to ex­pe­ri­ence a bit of Africa and re­mem­ber what the African sound is like.

“There’s a story be­hind the mu­sic. It starts with a let­ter of my birth­place in Mukula. I want peo­ple to love the in­stru­men­tal more than my voice. There’s a nostal­gic sound and I tell them who I am through the African folk mu­sic that’s also fused into it.”

Mulovhedzi said African folk mu­sic like the Venda sound had not been cap­tured prop­erly yet.

Lo Tsha is the first song to be re­leased from the 12-track Afrosoul al­bum. It will be avail­able on dig­i­tal plat­forms from Fri­day.

NOSTAL­GIC: Muofhe Mulovhedzi

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