Music

Here’s An Exclusive Stream of Seba Kaapstad’s Mello Music Group Debut Album ‘Thina’

Listen to Seba Kaapstad's new album 'Thina.'

South African jazz and neo soul group Seba Kaapstad signed to Mello Music Group earlier this year. Today, you can stream Thina, their first album under the popular indie label, which is home to the likes of Oddissee, Apollo Brown, Quelle Chris, Kool Keith and a lot more.


Thina is, as expected, a diverse album that meshes the crew's influences—jazz, R&B, electronic, neo soul and hip-hop. The themes explored lyrically are just as diverse as the music. Included in the album are the two video singles "Africa" and "Don't."

Seba Kaapstad - "Don't" | Official Video www.youtube.com

The crew had this to say about releasing the album:

"After an incredible time writing and producing the album Thina, it feels just amazing to be able to share it with the world. We believe that this new sound hasn't really been heard before. A new sound trying to combine cultures literally from different parts of the world. Now we can't wait to get out and let people hear it live too."

Seba Kaapstad members Philip Scheibel (Pheel), Ndumiso Manana, Sebastian Schuster (Seba) and Zoë Modiga hail from South Africa, Swaziland and Germany, and released their debut album Tagore's in 2016.

Thina will be officially live on streaming sites and online stores on May 17.

Listen to Thina below and pre-order/pre-save underneath:




Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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