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Audio: Freshly Ground's New Album 'Take Me To The Dance'

Freshly Ground Take Me to the Dance is the South African-based afropop collective's fifth studio album.


After a two-year recording hiatus afro-pop collective, Freshly Ground, are back with their fifth studio album, Take Me to the Dance. Recorded with much sought-after Grammy Award-winning producer and session player, Steve Berlin - an experienced lead-singer Zolani Mahola described as “an absolute dream come true” – the 14-track LP was entirely self-funded. The band also took charge of the marketing and distribution duties; partnering with giant South African retailer, Pick n Pay, for the release of the record. “This album has been such an incredible journey for the band” Zolani says; “the writing process meant that we all had room to express ourselves individually before arriving at the whole”.

Listen now to "Chain Gang" and "Nomthandazo" from Take Me to the Dance below.

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Review: Emtee’s Third Studio Album Highlights What Matters Most

In light of all that he has endured, Emtee sounds deeply reflective, wiser and in tune with his true self on 'LOGAN'.

LOGAN, Emtee's third full-length album, counts as his first offering since making a foray into independence, following his departure from Ambitiouz Entertainment in 2019 and the subsequent formation of his own imprint, Emtee Records.

LOGAN continues Emtee's long-standing tradition of naming his albums after people dear to him. His first album, released in 2015, was named Avery after his firstborn son. His second album, Manando (2017), was named after a deceased OG of his from his hood, who used to protect and guide him back in the day. The current album is named after his second-born son, Logan. The only deviation from this tradition has been the naming of his EPs DIY (2015) and DIY 2 (2018). Even then, he still managed to have a silhouette image of him and his two sons on the cover of DIY 2.

Since debuting in 2015 with the smash hit "Roll Up", Emtee (real name Mthembini Devu) has had a decorated yet tumultuous career. As the marquee artist of the then-emerging record label Ambitiouz Entertainment, he was poised for greatness given his sheer talent and star power.

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