Kwaito still at root of re­li­gion-in­spired al­bum

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Za­man­dulo Malonde mal­on­dez@ti­soblack­

KWAITO mu­si­cian Pro­fes­sor’s new al­bum, in­ter­est­ingly ti­tled Com­posed by Je­sus Christ, hit the shelves in Jan­uary, four years after his pre­vi­ous re­lease, Univer­sity of Kalawa Jazmee – Since 1994.

Ex­plain­ing the cap­ti­vat­ing ti­tle while on a re­cent visit to the Bay, the Lento hit­maker said it was his way of giv­ing credit to God for his work.

“When peo­ple com­pli­ment your work and ask where you got the ideas for it, you end up tak­ing credit for it all, so I de­cided to take this chance and let every­one know that this art comes from the Lord,” he said.

With the al­bum, Pro­fes­sor in­tro­duces a slightly dif­fer­ent ver­sion of the usual kwaito sound.

How­ever, the Jezebel hit­maker was quick to re­as­sure fans that it was still kwaito.

“It’s the usual Pro­fes­sor but I’m in­tro­duc­ing some new el­e­ments and sounds just like I in­tro­duced a new ver­sion of kwaito with Big Nuz back then,” Pro­fes­sor said.

In­cluded in the al­bum is his hit sin­gle Nobenga, which was pro­duced by Port El­iz­a­beth pro­duc­ers Medium Points.

The vet­eran mu­si­cian, hail­ing from KwaZulu-Na­tal, has bagged mul­ti­ple awards and per­formed around the coun­try since join­ing the mu­sic in­dus­try back in 2002.

Since drop­ping his in­tro­duc­tory project with Tzozo, which saw their hits, such as Aman­tombazane and Vuma , take over the ra­dio air­waves, he has dis­cov­ered and groomed some of the South Africa’s big­gest names, in­clud­ing DJ Tira, Big Nuz, DJ Mapho­risa and Heavy K.

With all the ex­pe­ri­ence at­tached to his name, one of Pro­fes­sor’s ca­reer high­light was when he was picked to de­liver the open­ing per­for­mance at the South African Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas) in 2014.

“I used to think they picked peo­ple who were flu­ent in English for those kind of things, so when they picked me, it was a re­ally big deal.”

While the artist has done his bit for the South African mu­sic in­dus­try, he said he still wants to prop­erly rep­re­sent South Africa over­seas.

“A lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties arise for our artists to col­lab­o­rate with in­ter­na­tional artists, but I still feel that they do not rep­re­sent South Africa enough,” Pro­fes­sor said.

“Yes, there are the likes of Bra Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, but my gen­er­a­tion and younger gen­er­a­tions try to sound Amer­i­can in­stead of rep­re­sent­ing South African orig­i­nal­ity.”

Com­posed by Je­sus Christ is avail­able for dig­i­tal down­load and at mu­sic stores na­tion­wide.


SONG AND PRAISE: Pro­fes­sor’s new al­bum is ti­tled ‘Com­posed by Je­sus Christ’

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