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Darkie Fiction’s Debut EP Is Heavily Influenced by Old School Kwaito

Listen to Darkie Fiction's debut EP 'Sobabini: A Mzantsi Evolution'

Joburg-based duo Darkie Ficiton released their debut EP Sobabini: A Mzantsi Evolution, this morning. The project's five tracks include the single "Bhoza," whose video dropped last week.


The EP has a nostalgic old school kwaito feel. In pure old school kwaito fashion, the kicks are big, the basslines even bigger. The opening song "Fiction Sound," is reminiscent of Kyllex's production (peep the Yizo Yizo Soundtrack). Even the way the duo approach the beat is pure kwaito—the lyrics are easier on the ear; you'll memorize them in a few listens.

The duo display chemistry, chirping in on each other's verses, and backing each other up—think Bongo Maffin. All songs on the EP, save for "My Ntliziyo," which leans towards house, are slow in tempo, taking you back to the 90s.

Listen to Sobabini: A Mzantsi Evolution below, or download it here.

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Cinematography by Sherry Yingying Qian. Image supplied by Phumi Morare

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