By Siphokazi Jo Lumkile|
If all hope has been lost in South African music MuZart has undoubtedly resurrected the hope. They are a group of holistically soulful young vocalists and rich instrumentalists. MuZart’s debut album is currently sizzling the airwaves with songs that could just catch your breath. https://twitter.com/MuZart_Music
The introductory track Soundwaves is a jazzy piece of music with an upbeat tempo that gets you in a groove and is beautifully in-sync with the rest of the album. The second song Oh Yeah reminds me of Freshly Grounds Doo-Bee-Doo, almost like an anthem for the youth. It’s definitely a happy song. http://www.zkhiphani.co.za/introducing-muzart/
Jukebox which is by far my favourite track in the entire album is highly home brewed and oh so South African. When you play this track in the club, the whole building will be on fire! The lyrical content folds well with the emphasised instrumentals. Rori’s (female vocalist) voice softly eases into the song and is then topped off by the guys’ bass. And like the lyrics of the track itself “anything wrong, am infatuated with the music…” https://www.facebook.com/ILoveSAHouseMusic/posts/581563285221597
Long Long Time track was quite an offside piece of music on my side. The instrumentals did not fold well with the lyrical content. It sounded unlike the groups’ general sound.
The Party After track is my second favourite song on the album. It carries disco elements with it and has a consistent flow with Rori’s voice and the male vocalist follows through in the chorus with ease with a relaxed tenor. It makes you want to move and party after partying. Love it!
One of the songs that took me a while to warm up to is Not In Tha Mood this because it takes a couple of minutes for you to catch the rhythm but after a good 20 seconds the layers of the instrumentals and harmonic vocals get you pleasantly surprised. It’s uphill from there on. What I love is that it’s not predictable.
Great I am song and Moemedi song are my spiritual favourites because they are jazzy gospel songs and this shows that the group did not opt for circular pieces of music only but also pays tribute to where their source of strength and success come from. The song Let There Be harmony is probably the only perfect song in the album because the lyrical content is well written and the instrumentals are all in tune. But it doesn’t move me.
The album rounds up with Move Yeah Yeah which makes for a good ending because of the change in the lead vocalist. It’s quite a refreshing song. It’s very South African and incorporates tribal-like drums which remind me of Shana, a South African house band led by Dj Black Coffee.
I think at this point there is no group that earns first place in my book like MuZart. They sound like extra mature seasoned musicians. You get a 9/10 from me!