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Seba Kaapstad. Image via the crew's Facebook page.

Cape Town Neo Soul Group Seba Kaapstad Just Signed to Mello Music Group And Released a New Single

Seba Kaapstad is Mello Music Group's first international signing.

Cape Town-based neo soul quartet, Seba Kaapstad, just signed to US indie label Mello Music Group, which is home to the likes of Chris Quele, Oddisee, Apollo Brown and a whole lot more.


Seba Kaapstad members Seba, Manana, Zoë Modiga and Pheel hail from South Africa and Swaziland, and are all solo artists in their own right. The most prominent of the members is, of course, jazz maestro Zoë Modiga, who's a mainstay in the country's rich and thriving jazz scene.

"Breathe," which is the crew's first single under the label, seems to be a universal message to the insomniac slashies that we've all become. We live in a world where we have to work our asses off to live a comfortable life. Zoë, writing and singing in first person, seems conflicted about the idea of taking a break.

She sings:

"Think I need some water/ I need to take a seconds breather/ Let me take a seat, what a bad idea/ Walk, step, step, step."

Sonically, "Breathe" is a refreshing combination of the crew's different influences, from jazz to hip-hop and soul, among others.

"Breathe" is as much of a Friday/Saturday night jam as it is a Sunday morning one; It will tell you to get down and chill at the same time.

Seba Kaapstad has been serving the jazz connoisseurs of Cape Town for a minute, having released an 8-track project titled Tagore's in 2016.

Download "Breathe" here and follow Seba Kaapstad on Facebook.




Read: Zoë Modiga's South African Jazz Album Is a Happiness Pill for Tough Political Times

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The 10 Best HHP Songs Ranked

On the second anniversary of HHP's passing, we rank 10 of the South African hip-hop legend's best songs.

Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known by his alias HHP, was a pivotal part of South African hip-hop. Renowned for trailblazing the motswako sub-genre in the early 2000s, the rapper sadly passed away on October 24th, 2018 after a long and much publicised bout with depression.

During his active years, which span two decades (from 1997 to 2018), he was instrumental in breaking barriers and bridging the gap between kwaito and hip-hop in SA, from the late 90s to early 2000s.

He became a household name in the 2000s as he spearheaded the motswako movement, propelling it to the mainstream and solidifying his legendary status in the process.

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