Kwaito still at root of religion-inspired album
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’