– GUERRILLA WARFARE –
A South African, a Swazi and two Germans walk into a pub…
…sounds like the start of a joke but it’s actually just the beginning of the multi-national neo-soul quartet known as Seba Kaapstad.
Keyboardist Sebastian Schuster began working with vocalists Ndumiso Manana and Zoe Modiga back in 2013 – a full three years before debut album Tagore’s was released.
Having since added producer and percussionist, Philip ‘Pheel’ Scheibel to the mix, the band now release their follow-up Thina, from which Africa is taken.
As lead singles go, they don’t come much more ambitious than Africa. A jazz-funk concoction with hints of rap, hip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass in the mix, it’s also a multi-lingual affair with plenty of chants, “hey-hey”s and other assorted noises to keep you on your toes.
Schuster’s keyboards take the lead in this Rabelaisian ruckus, switching from jaunty neo-soul melodies going into the choruses to dissonant jazz chords coming out.
And throughout Modiga proves a captivating MC with her vocals showing a versatility and vivaciousness that cannot help but make you smile.
Thina is out now through Mello Music.
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– SV –