Shangaan Electro collects 12 extremely dense and startling tracks of contemporary Shangaan dance music from Africa, specifically a few southern parts near Johannesburg and Mozambique. Evidently, the scene grew out of the mind of one man, named Nozinja, who works as a producer and sells music on his own, on DVDs and cassettes that fan out for use at insane dance parties. But part of what makes Shangaan Electro so interesting is the way it seems to laugh away the notion of context altogether, or at least rush right past it. Tracks in the Shangaan style tend to run around 180 beats-per-minute, which is very fast, and the seizing effect of that is amplified by a focus on cheap high-end sounds and a near-total absence of bass, which there simply doesn't seem to be room for. Dance music in general is typically weighted and time-stamped by bass.
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Warp Records release South African producer Nozinja's debut album of Shangaan electo music on June 1s. It was a hyper-local scene for a handful of years, but then in July 2010, the release of an essential 12-track compilation, Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa, by London label Honest Jon’s, brought it to the attention of a global audience. At the head of this emerging movement was a gap-toothed mobile phone repair shop entrepreneur called Richard Nozinja Mthetwa. He wanted to capture the energy of the Shangaan people from his homeland in Limpopo, especially their impressive dance-fuelled street parties
Since the release of New Wave Dance Music, Nozinja has taken the Shangaan Electro live show around Europe – it’s typically him DJing, with the tracks getting gradually faster, while his crew of in-house dancers perform to the crowd.
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This is Shangaan electro, and Nozinja is the 44-year-old self-styled kingpin of a scene that he has taken from township backstreets to countries as far-flung as Finland and Australia. He's a larger-than-life character: just over six-foot tall, rotund, affable and with a wardrobe of brightly coloured pinstripe shirts, tailored trousers and the shiniest of dress shoes. If that doesn't sound like your typical niche music aficionado, that's because Nozinja isn't. He grew up in the rural Limpopo province, nearly 600km from Johannesburg, homeland of Shangaan culture . Traditional Shangaan music is a mix of fluid guitar lines and live drumming made popular by artists such as Thomas Chauke and one-time Paul Simon collaborator General MD Shirinda, who appeared on 1986's Graceland.
Ntombi Ya Mugaza
Nwa Gezani My Love
Uya Kwihi Ka Rose
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"My name is Richard, my stage name is Nozinja, from Nozinja Music Productions. I'm from Giyani in Limpopo. I'm an engineer, I'm a producer, I'm a composer. It's my record label. I'm the marketing manager. I transport them — I've got a micro-bus. I do everything on my own. I've got manufacturing. I buy CDs, I will silk-screen myself. I sing, too. I'm a scout for talent. When you look at the person, you must see the artist. He or she must be able to dance. If you can dance, you can sell. Shangaan dancers, they dance, they can go on for almost an hour with that speed, without getting tired. When you see them dance you feel like they have got no bones. It's similar to the Zulus, but faster and we put a lot of style inside. There's disco in there, we use Pantsula moves. We don't use the sounds of the hip-hop guys, or the afro-pop, or whatever, we're using Shangaan sounds. The traditional Shangaan music is fast. You play it slow, they won't dance. Firstly it was played with bass and lead guitar. I'm the one revolutionized it, because when I came I didn't use any guitar or any bass, I just used marimba and the organs. We are not using the live bass, we are using the marimba bass which is played from the organ. A small sample of voices, that's what I specialize in. We use them in English. Those are the new aspects they never had before. At first people thought I was mad, and now it's the in-thing. You can play that music with bass, that's the old-timer music. Shangaan is fast. While others play at 110, we are at 180, 182, 183. And when you hear those marimba beats and that live guitar through the keyboard, you know it's Shangaan. You hear those toms, then you know, this is Shangaan music. Shangaans don't typically love Joburg. They work in Joburg, but their heart is in Limpopo. People want to go back to the country and to their families. Limpopo is rural. It's hot, very hot and vibey. Shangaan music is about love. It's about a wife and a husband. We are family-oriented musicians. Now Shangaan music is both, rural and urban. We jumped the boundaries by changing that bass into playing with the marimba, that's when we touched the nerves, and now it's all over."
With many thanks to Wills Glasspiegel and Tshepang Ramoba.
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