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27-year-old gives jazz a modern twist

By Bongiwe Sithole | 2014-02-21 09:52:38.0 | COMMENTS [ 19 ]

Jazz is recognized as a mature taste for the oldies, but not for this young instrumentalist.

Mpumi Dhlamini, an all rounder talented multi-instrumentalist has an interesting trick up his sleeve as he introduces a new experience for jazz lovers to his second album titled 'The Cultural Express' soon to hit the shelves of music stores.

Very different to a studio created album, Dhlamini takes you on his musical journey with a concept of listening to a radio show from inside a train featuring Azania Mosaka as the radio host.

“It’s a full-on radio station produced album. I came up with a concept where I used Azania in studio as a host of The Cultural Express to give it a radio show feel from inside a train,” he says.

The 27 year old chats about urban jazz fused with hip-hop, bebeop up-tempo and neo soul.

“My new album is a way of me defining the different genres of the album.

With this not being his first album, he says whilst compiling the tracks and being hands on the second time around, had helped discover who he is in music.

“It’s very different to my first album 'Combined Elements' because on this one I found myself and the kind of music I want.

“I am trying to commercialize jazz, to reach a young market. Often people think Jazz is for the oldies but music has no age, it can be made to fit all markets,” Dhlamini says.

We often hear about musicians taking months and years to put together an album, however Dhlamini’s album dropping next month took an impressive one month to compile.

“It took only a month to work on this album. I don’t sit with music because you end up diluting the songs and changing its original sound.”

Inspired by musicians such as Shaloza Max, he also tried to introduce Maskanda music into jazz.

Other artists that impacted Dhlamini’s music career include Kirk William.

His career line dates back to days when he teamed up with Lira as a band and producing albums for the likes of Zama Jobe as well as collaborated with Proverb.

His first album got him a South African Music Awards nomination for ‘Best Newcomer’ and Metro FM Awards nomination for ‘Best Jazz Album’.

COMMENTS [ 19 ]

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RobinX

Interesting sounding young man. All strength to you. It's all in the attitude!

2014-02-21 10:04:46.0 | 6 replies
2014-02-21 11:14:48.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

WTF!!! What's to be ashamed of in commending an interesting musician? What's your problem?

2014-02-21 11:26:57.0 | 0 replies

Mokwepa

and again i say...shame on u

2014-02-21 11:43:54.0 | 0 replies

Bohlale1

LOL haai..Mokwepa o mpolaelang tje tjo. You are a good man RobinX dont mind this lad..

2014-02-21 12:21:12.0 | 0 replies

Galfrend

Mokwepa ! Mokwepa ! behave tu ! hahahaaaaa wheres your brother votsek?

2014-02-21 12:27:30.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

Bohlale: Thanks. He's just an obsessed gadfly.

2014-02-21 12:34:45.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

And FUQ U TOO.

2014-02-21 12:08:09.0 | 0 replies

Hamisi_Kilima

I see only chauvinistic in this article. Can you guys engage without fighting?

2014-02-21 12:26:37.0 | 1 replies

RobinX

"chauvinistic"???? I think you may need to consult a dictionary.

2014-02-21 12:33:55.0 | 0 replies

DrSangomaWitch-doctor

@RobinX What the h.ell does RobinX know about African Jazz. Geez this madala is so irritating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2014-02-21 12:37:30.0 | 1 replies

RobinX

Probably about as much as you. Have been listening to Malombo etc since I was in junior school. Stick your racist crap in the hole it deserves.

2014-02-21 13:26:08.0 | 0 replies

KGS

Highly Inspirational

2014-02-21 13:41:18.0 | 0 replies

Tabza325is

Hiphop wont work if you are trying to attract the young it's a tried fomuler and it never worked, the Americans tried it, try mixing native intruments or make an orchastra of native instruments but instired of producing traditional rhythm try to produce morden rhythms out of native instruments.

2014-02-21 13:44:13.0 | 4 replies

RobinX

May I suggest you try and listen to the work done by Robbie Robertson and the Red River Ensemble - a group of "native american" musicians from the Red River Reservation. It is really very beautiful.

2014-02-21 14:00:12.0 | 0 replies

Tabza325is

RobinX, I do that, I love artist who think outside the box, so far SA artist are shy to experiment with our native intruments, I would love one day to see a hiphop act that uses only native instruments or an orchastra made of native instruments, now that I'll support, it's sad to see this young cats trying failed fomulers and ending up no were.

2014-02-21 14:05:34.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

OK. On the SA Front. Pay attention to the Kalahari Surfers, with his use of indigenous chants etc in constructing what some may call "trance music". Listen to the album Muti Media.

2014-02-21 14:12:14.0 | 0 replies

RobinX

Now THIS is hopw we should be interacting here. In work such as this a new "common" culture slowly comes into being, which becomes so much richer than the individual elements that constitute it. Culture should be evolutionary anyway. Life isn't static and todays world changes by the second. One MUST adapt to living with all those around one, or the nation is doomed, and all the cultures with it.

2014-02-21 14:15:33.0 | 0 replies

Mdala

I would love to listen on this young man's sound honestly, it sounds interesting.

2014-02-24 07:27:17.0 | 0 replies
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