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TRNSD Sound & HYPE Magazine Presents Session 012 – Muzi

We have got so much talent in our beautiful land, I’m so truly honoured to be writing about our very own South African gem who was recently flying our flag high in Europe during his tour. Our artist for the TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Session 012 is KwaZulu-Natal-born DJ, producer and songwriter, Muzi Mazibuko.

It’s been a minute since I have heard an album from the very first track to the last one and enjoyed every single track on it. His proudly African album has dope tracks such as, “NuDay Ft. Okmalumkoolkat,” & “Sebenza,” which  are jams that will have you doing the most.

The instrumentation that he has incorporated in a couple of his tracks will make you understand why he titled his album Afrovision. Our artist of the month has a natural gift to create phenomenal music by incorporating th traditional African drums & vernacular, although you may not understand what is being said it is still feel good music that appeals to everyone.

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What gave birth to your second album Afrovision and why that name?

After staying in Berlin for two years, I came back home and was so inspired by the energy and culture. I re-immersed myself in it all as I had felt disconnected from it when I was away. Soon after, the creative juices started overflowing and 16 months later, Afrovision was done. 

The name just felt right, it’s me painting a sonic picture of how I feel modern African music should sound like. Doing my part and adding to the dope vibes African artists are doing right now. 

What inspired you to get into the music world?

I grew up in a very musical family so I guess that had something to do with it. Dope ass music was always playing at home and I guess when it was time for me to find ways of expressing myself, music was just there. 

What’s the wildest moment you have ever had whilst performing/DJing?

An encore. I had that recently during my UK tour, people screaming your name and asking you to play more music even when your set time is done. Priceless. Also, seeing people sing my lyrics is a trip. 

You are currently touring Europe at the moment which country has been your favourite & what’s the vibe like? 

Swindon has been dope. That’s where WOMAD was, it’s a festival where a lot of experimental music is played so people are more open to new things. I fit right into that. 

A good day for Muzi is when… 

A milkshake is all ice cream and no milk. 

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

I can’t really put it on one thing. I’m always creating but I have to live life and experience things for me to be inspired by new ideas, new sounds etc. 

What do you want people to walk away with after listening to your set?

There’s more dope vibes coming from our industry than what you’re force-fed on a daily. 

Music to get high to… Muzi – Bantu Space Odyssey

Favourite piece of tech… My cellphone. 

Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise… Muzi – Nu Day

Favourite hangout spot… In Joburg, my place. In Durban, the beach. 

A Musician/DJ you’d want to collaborate with… Zoe Modiga and Sjava. Really want to work with them. Add my Electronic Maskandi vocals in the mix. Could be fire! 

 

Written By: Antelmina’Sola’Piedade

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TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Presents Session 009 – EMAMKAY

Can we just take a second to thank God for this exceptionally talented Producer & DJ who’s been on our radar for a minute, for our 9th instalment of TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Sessions we feature producer and DJ EMAMKAY.

Guys, this man will touch your heart deeply with his RnB, soulful sounds. If you don’t believe me, take a listen to his EP titled The Band – PatternsEMAMKAY has mastered his sound and perfected the art of featuring the right artists who add the final touch to his masterpieces. His album Alpha which was released last year under the UK based indie label Shimmy Records has gotten over 15 000 streams on Soundcloud and is available on Bandcamp

This is the kind of music that truly feeds your soul, the kind of music that will allow you to escape life for a minute. Nothing is better than coming across a talented artist who is versatile in different genres of music such as Hip/Hop, Ambient, Jazz & Electro, and still manages to be authentic. We need to support our South African gems at all costs as this local is definitely lekker! Believe the hype and check him out

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How did your musical journey begin?

Well, my mother brought me 50 Cent’s “Get Rich Or Die Trying” album on a TDK cassette from work. I was into kwaito during that time, but that tape got me into writing raps. Then my father booked me some studio time and I recorded my first song at around 9 years old. It’s all history from then on.

That’s real dope! So why the name EMAMKAY?

It was Master Mind King, and then shortened to MMK and now the word EMAMKAY. Truth to be told I misspelt my stage name and so people mispronounce it, it’s supposed to be EMEMKAY. A little too late to change it now, don’t you think?

As it is known, “Sometimes It’s Our Greatest Mistakes That Make for the Greatest Ideas.” Name one local festival that you would like to perform at and why?

Probably the Cape Town Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Fest. I’d like to think getting booked to play there says a lot about your level of musicianship. I’d also love to play at the Orbit in Braamfontein one day, it’s not a fest, but hey, it’s cool to me.

Briefly take us through your creative process

I reflect on the wonders of my life, smoke a joint and practice something on the keyboard. I’d normally find a cool loop somewhere in between experimenting with chord changes, and  if it feels right, I make it a song.

What’s your favourite track on your album Alpha?

I love all of them. You know what’s funny? Even I can’t replicate that album. It’s one of my favourites.

What is that one thing that you would change in the South African music scene/industry?

To be honest, I’m not interested in it. I’m not even sure I like it. I guess it’s by default that I’m in the music industry when I put a price tag on my music but I have a day job, and that’s “industry” enough for me.

How can the peeps reach you?

Anything you’d like to add/share here?

Yebo! I’m finishing this one EP called You Make You Smile. I made it to remind people that happiness is found from within. I’m Also working on a video for a song called “Coco”, a tribute to our beautiful melanin coated skin. All of this will be coming soon.

Written By: Antelmina’Sola’Piedade

 

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TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Presents Session 007 – Nouveaux

For our 7th installment of HYPE Magazine x TRNSD Sound Sessions we feature Joburg based DJ duo Nouveaux. Thubelihle Nkutha and Neo Motiso joined forces to bring a unique sound to the industry. Their music selection and style of mixing has definitely gotten the attention of many which you can tell by the number of listens on their Souncloud page. We asked them to do an exclusive guest mix for us as well as give us a brief lowdown on who Nouveaux is.

Listen to the Nouveaux guestmix here:

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What reason(s) got you guys to decide that you want to both DJ, as a duo?

Well Neo was the one who knew how to DJ because he studied at the Academy of Sound Engineering. I needed someone to make mixes for an event called Woke Arts, he was the only one who could and I used to select the song. Then it moved to us both selecting songs together, from there people wanted us to play live and that is how we became a duo, it was never planned and that is probably the beauty of this whole experience. (Thube)

Well basically the formation of Nouveaux was the result of Thube asking me to mix a list of songs he curated for an event called Woke Arts. People responded well to the mix and demand built for another one and then another one. We eventually saw that we could take this unique style of music we play and run with it. Now we both do the curating and mixing. (Neo)

Describe Nouveaux in one sentence?

New sounds, vibes that never stop and music that the people always want to hear. (Thube)

Nouveaux is French for new and that the type of sound we are trying to bring to people (Neo)

From listening to your sets, you seem to be inspired a lot by electronic, bounce, disco etc… “Soundcloud music” as most would call it. Do you think there’s a viable market for this sound in South Africa?

Yes, because music in South Africa is something that is not confined to one genre. There are different types of people who like different types of music, which includes the Soundcloud diggers and lovers. Which is where we found most of our success to stem from, so there is a market that needs to be tapped into. (Thube)

I would definitely agree. With the rise of streaming sites, more and more people are tailoring their own playlists instead of relying solely on the “mainstream”. People want to hear something different, you can see it with the success the Soulection shows have had here as well as the continued demand for acts like Kaytranada to come to South Africa. (Neo)

Do you guys plan on producing any of your own music in the near future?

Yes, we joke around about it but it is very much a plan. Issues we have is the distance we have and when we are together, the time together is too short to make a new mix and fresh sounds. It will happen, there is no rush. (Thube)

Original content is definitely in the pipeline for the future. I think more than anything, it’s just about taking our time and perfecting our craft so that when we do drop, it can be something meaningful instead of just dropping music because its “the next stage” of our career. (Neo)

A little get to knows:

– Music to get high to… Childish Gambino and Soulection Radio. Probably with Soulection it comes with the diverse artists they have, in those probably Sango and Abjo are the artists who are great to get high too. If I am being corny, Kid Cudi never fails. (Thube)

Definitely some Tame Impala, Toro y Moi, stuff along those lines. Nothing’s better when you’re high trust me (Neo)

– Favourite piece of tech… IPhone, because Steve Jobs motherfucker. (Thube)

More than anything, the Soundcloud application, the gems there are infinite and it’s an important part of our digging regiment. But if you’re talking hardware, then definitely the Pioneer DDJ-SR controller. It’s not the most advanced controller but it has everything you need and just the feel of it and how it works is a dream. Definitely one to save up for. (Neo)

– Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise… Nothing, because we should be sleeping at that time. Neo can answer because he never sleeps (Thube)

I can’t tell you much about a 6am after party, I usually don’t rage that hard, but if you’re in the Uber on your way home after a cinematic night, you’ve got to let off some Fela Kuti or Miriam Makeba. Anything jazzy really but those two are some faves. (Neo)

– Favourite hangout spot… Home, home is a place of peace and serenity. (Thube)

Great Dane is legendary, a lot of good memories made there. (Neo)

– A Musician/DJ you’d want to collaborate with… Das Kapital from South Africa and Sango from America. (Thube)

I’d love to work with a Joe Kay or a Gilles Peterson. Those are big inspirations in terms of what we do. (Neo)

Where you can find Nouveaux
– Twitter: NouveauxSA
– Soundcloud: NouveAux / UNDRSCR
– Bookings: Nouveauxmusic@gmail.com

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TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Presents Session 006 – FKA Mash

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For our 6th installment of TRNSD Sound and Hype Magazine Sessions, we feature up and coming DJ and Producer Mash Lekgothoane who goes by FKA MASH. We asked him to do a exclusive guestmix for us as well as give us a brief lowdown on what inspired his latest offering, “PRJKT 2”

Listen to FKA Mash exclusive guestmix here:
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“PRJKT 2 is the second installment from the PRJKT SERIES by Fka MASH, which is a platform I set up for myself to showcase my sound using various styles of electronic dance music. It was released on Stay True Sounds. PRJKT-1 can be found on my Soundcloud page. PRJKT 3 & 4 are coming soon.”

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“The inspiration behind PRJKT 2 was mainly my love for good melody coupled with a memorable groove. ‘Another Glitch Dub’ was the first song, the rest of the songs were modeled around the sonic structure of Another Glitch Dub. The titles of the songs are self explanatory in terms my head space I was making them. My songs are generally heavily influenced by my mood. My music is my outlet.”

Where to find FKA MASH:

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