Stay rooted, stay winning

29 September 2015
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It’s never been a better time to be proudly South African than it is right now. This Heritage month it’s all about marrying the melting pot of influences that make it so epic to come from this rich continent. South African musicians are taking back the land, so to speak, and paying tribute to our heritage. Here are a few young, gifted and African musicians who continue to reach for the future-past and still manage to keep it real.

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With chords reminiscent of a sacred wind instrument, Camagwini's always had a knack for enchanting listeners. In her single Imvumi, she celebrates her Xhosa heritage in a way that’s hard to miss and even harder not to admire.

The age is digital but the soul is still rooted in Mashayabuqe KaMamba’s unique brand of music. Aptly dubbed digital maskandi, his sound is the spaceship kadet that is shipping us back to a psychedelic era. Since the release of his ineffable EP The Black Excellence Show, his collaboration with the legendary Thandiswa Mazwai in “Izayoni Tribute To Makhuzwayo,” is as inspired as it gets. The song honors Mashayabhuqe KaMamba’s grandmother and the work she’s done for her community.

But how hot is his latest release with the goduncle of cool, OkMalumeKoolKat? Take a listen and thank us later.

While she might take after her sister in many ways, Nomsa Mazwai has carved her own identity as a musician and an activist.

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She is interested in change and she uses her platform as a vehicle of transformation. Soweto born and bred but widely travelled she mixes a bag of feminist, Africanist and global influences in her new upbeat single Maybe I.

We all have that uncle. That one malume who strays against the grain and does things his own way. OkMalumeKoolKat is the original uncle of the new maskandi, dubstep, trip hop, hip hop and panstula movement that’s got you mixing all your African prints alongside the freshest sneakers.

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Member of the urban collective Boyz N Bucks, his raps and beats speak to his proud Zulu heritage with a special ode to the 90’s Pantsula movement, when people were truly living in colour.

We wrap this list up with art musos The Brother Moves On. These guys are more than just a band. They're an art movement of story tellers. Remember insomi? This is the tradition of oral story telling. Story telling that was vivid and brought all sorts of teachings and wild ideas to life. You might remember Gcina Mhlophe, who is renowned in this proudly African style of story telling.

For fans of their music, TBMO have re-introduced the experience of music from all five, or even six of our senses. From whimsical revolution anthems to bewildered love songs. You have to go see this band live!

Our heritage is clearly in the music with this bunch, and many more African musicians. They have us connecting, sharing, collaborating and asking questions about the spaces we occupy as Africans right now. They have us understanding that there is more than enough of our rich heritage to go around.

Of course, we could go on, but we want you to share your thoughts.

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