Duo hitch a ride on Mi Casa's fame
THEY have not even dropped their first album, but they have already set their minds on scooping awards.
They call themselves Deep Cartel and have been accused of copying the South African Music Awards (Samas) song of the year winners, Mi Casa.
Surprisingly, they admit to having battled to develop their own beat within the broad music industry and have therefore "borrowed" Mi Casa's sound.
Sibusiso "KvK" Malinga, member, songwriter and "soulful producer", says: "In the beginning we were not sure if we were playing our own music or emulating other groups. But with time, we found ourselves. We now know for sure we are Deep Cartel."
Since their self-discovery, the duo have gained the confidence to play gigs. They describe their jazz-house hybrid music as "slow and sensual".
Methenjwa "Soulful Lite" Machi, co-founder, trumpet player and a BA music graduate, says Deep Cartel takes deep house and flips it into "smooth music". "The music we make is an extension of our personalities. We are in a position to share what we have learned with the public. The good thing is that, whenever we play, both young and old show appreciation and that is great."
The duo are staunch advocates of education. And they both boast impressive academic credentials.
Malinga holds a BA in psychology obtained at the University of Johannesburg while Machi has enrolled to study further for a sound engineering diploma.
They have done a remix with Sol Phenduka of YFM Radio and are working on their documentary featuring Kgomotso Mamaila, who is also featured on their upcoming album.
"We are on the highway to winning the Metro awards, the Channel O awards and why not the Samas," asked Machi.
As if that is not enough, Deep Cartel are also raising funds for 19-year-old Mike Raaff Eldof of Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, to have a kidney transplant.