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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

Interview
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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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