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Zu. Dabbles In Amapiano On New Track 'Emini Nasebusuku', Featuring Hip-Naughtic Sean

South African afrosoul singer Zu. has made a revolutionary turn with her new single 'Emini Nasebusuku' which comes ahead of her upcoming experimental EP Ndim Netshomi Zam.

Enchanting singer Zu., real name Nozuko Mapoma, has released the deep amapiano single "Emini nasebusuku", featuring Hip-Naughtic Sean. The single comes from her upcoming EP Ndim Netshomi Zam, which she has described as the "soundtrack to my inner groove". The afrosoul singer's latest offering reveals a new layer of talent from the vocally-powerful musician. Zu. has declared "Emnini nasebusuku" a celebration of life and victories achieved in these difficult times.


"Emini nasebusuku" is a romantic song about being so bound up in love that you can't sleep at night. The single takes off swiftly from the first beat with drum beats and amapiano keys, which instantly makes this one of the stand-out tracks on the album. In some sections, the track veers off into deep house intertwined with the intonations of afrosoul.

The new single is a teaser of what is to come from Zu.'s highly anticipated Ndim Netshomi Zam EP. Her style is usually an eclectic mix of afropop, afrosoul and funk. However, Zu.'s first amapiano album promises to be different. Fans of the husky-voiced singer are in for a treat as the upcoming album also features guitarist and indie singer Msaki.

Though this is Zu.'s first time stepping into the amapiano spotlight, she has been working in the music industry for the past sixteen years. She once was one half of the poetic musical duo LoveGlori in the early 2010s, and then went on to be the lead singer of the funk and soul band Zuko Collective. She has released three solo projects, with her 2019 album Ndim Nani bagging a South African Music Award nomination for "Best Alternative Album".

The Ndim Netshomi Zam EP is set to drop on Friday, May 21. The release will be followed by an exciting performance with Durban-born jazz singer Zoë Modiga the following day, Saturday, May 22, at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City, Johannesburg.

Stream "Emini nasebusuku" featuring Hip-Naughtic Sean on Spotify.

Stream "Emni nasebusuku" featuring Hip-naughtic Sean on Apple Music.


Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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