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This is How Ishmael Made His Comeback Hit ‘Ever Since Takalani’

The artist shares how he stumbled upon the song in a new interview.

South African veteran singer, rapper and producer Ishmael "Ish" Morabe has a new song called "Ever Since Takalani," which has caught the attention of many South African music lovers.

The artist shared a clip of him in studio jamming to the song prior to its release a few weeks ago, and the consensus was that the song was a banger.

Ish recently revealed he stumbled upon the song accidentally. According to an article on the Mail & Guardian, the artist was performing with Emtee and Makizar in Melville in Joburg not long ago when the DJ dropped the theme song to the kiddies TV show Takalani Sesame.


The crowd responded positively, and Ish went home, downloaded the theme song and played around with it. He incorporated it in a beat he was working on.

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In the song, which came out two weeks ago, Ish plays a call and response game with the sample. He tells the story of him wanting to be a superstar since he was a takalani (a child).

"It sums up my story really, from the beginning until now," Ish was quoted as saying by the Mail & Guardian. "I think it also explains, like, just the faith I have in myself. As you hear in my lyrics, I always knew that one day I'd make it, but then, I didn't know how the track was going to be received. But I had that faith that it's going to work out."

As we reported earlier, Ishmael knows how to adapt with the times more than any other artist in the country. The man was part of one of the first South African hip-hop crews Prophets of the City in early 90s. He was part of the kwaito group Skeem in the late 90s, and signed to 999 Music as a solo act in the early 2000s. The last we heard from Ish was when he was part of the hip-hop crew Jozi in the late 2000s. In 2018, he is back, and he's highly likely to win.

In the Mail & Guardian interview, Ishmael also reveals that before he was part of P.O.C., he did backing vocals for bubblegum producer Chicco Twala. Whoa! You can read the article here.

Listen to "Ever Since Takalani" below, or download it here.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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