Expressing Basotho heritage through music

Falling in love with his Basotho culture inspired Mohlalifi Motoane, popularly known as G FUNK, to release his latest two songs titled Seana Marena and Ayoba.

Seana Marena is a particular Basotho blanket exclusively worn by the king and his chiefs. It has the highest status of all Basotho blankets. The word 'Seana Marena' means 'to swear by the chiefs'.

It is very important to embrace culture through music, GFUNK said. “I was raised in a Sotho culture, and I really appreciate my culture. So in Seana Marena song I am literally telling the story of my life in a cultural perspective.”

 The Seana Marena blanket has not only become part of the Basotho everyday life, but it has become a status symbol.

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“Many people do not see the difference between singing for fun and singing to appreciate your culture. Seana Marena song has a deeper cultural meaning. However, Ayoba song is mainly for enjoyment and having some fun.”

GFUNK is a rising force in the music industry, best known for his lyrical creativity in music production. He was raised in Aliwal-North in Eastern Cape before he moved to Johannesburg.

 Moving to Johannesburg proved to be fruitful, GFUNK said. “I have met up with artists like Black Motion, Doctor Victor, Casper Nyovest and guitar legend Grant Fouche.They inspired me to take my career to the next level.”

GFUNK’s current music discography includes Imali Yebhari which he worked on with Heinrich Schulz (Studio Specialist at TOMS Music). Asenzeni, Just Fun and Imali Yam, which he worked on with and Kev Da Deejay.

G FUNK also met up with DJ and Producer Devoted, to collaborate on a single called Flight Mode. Recently G Funk had the chance to work with DJ Logic

In partnership with J Logic, G Funk is scheduled to release more music in the coming months.

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Jargo Kush talks new music and unity

Thirty-year-old Clifford Dickson Idemive affectionately known by his stage name Jargo Kush in the entertainment industry has been at the forefront of connecting worldwide fans using his unique voice and sound.

Jargo Kush, a nickname dubbed by his close friends, has dedicated his much-anticipated Extended Play to denounce the ugly scourge of xenophobia and bring about unity and love among a multi-cultured South Africa, a country he now calls home for several years.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria and living his music dream in the City of Gold (Johannesburg), Jargo Kush, who specialises in Afrobeats and Afrofusion (popular sounds from his native country), has been cooking his masterpiece EP which he plans on dropping on Friday, 9 July, when he commemorates his 31st birthday.

The four-track EP is titled J.U.L.Y 9, and has worked with Sound God, Hunkie Beats, Kingzbeat, Badman Payseen, and many more rapidly-rising local and international producers.

Speaking of his come-up, Jargo Kush said: “I have always been doing music since my childhood but I have been doing it professionally for the past six years. My sounds are Afrobeat, Afro-fusion, and Afrofusion inspired by where I come from (Nigeria the Home to Afrobeat),” he boasted.

A humble and talented Jargo Kush envisages himself as the next superstar to come out of Nigeria – topping billboard charts all over the world. However, he says he still wants to help the next generation of artists to live their dreams too.

 “I plan on impacting the next generation of artists by giving them a platform to showcase their talents as I have my own record label/ management company (Kush Empire Entertainment) that we use to scout for the next big star or talent,” the selfless star said.

It’s no secret that many talents across the world have drawn inspiration from legends in their respective fields, well it’s no different for Jargo Kush, who revealed that he animates the likes of Fela and Femi Kuti, Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido, who are some of the renowned and greatest artists to ever hold a microphone in Nigeria. 

With very few years in the game, this Roodepoort-based artist has made strides every time he dropped a project. “My Biggest achievement in music thus far was releasing my debut album in and my lead single "Gin and Juice" featuring Mizdee Lu which became Number one on KISS FM Abj Freshers List (the hottest station in Nigeria) in 2020,” he explained.

With this upcoming project, Jargo Kush said he hopes for the same success both at home and RSA – aiming for airplay on leading commercial radio stations.

To bolster his image, Jargo Kush has also ventured into merchandise. He has collaborated with a 

South African street wear brand called Street Code – a partnership he says was formed to show that both Nigerians and South Africans can work together and share success. 

 “We plan to change the xenophobia narrative and show that Nigerians and South Africans can work together and make something productive together,” Jargo Kush explained.

With the anticipation that the four-track EP will leave his die-hard fans asking for more, Jargo Kush has plans to drop a second EP in September titled Therapy which will include six amazing tracks.

To learn more about Jargo Kush’s projects, visit his social media platforms: Instagram - @jargokushofficial; Twitter - @originaljargo and Facebook @Jargo Kush

Check out Eminikan by Jargo Kush on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvoG0XuO3UM

Check out Nolitha by Jargo Kush on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrn0Wjt7tMc

Bhubesi pays tribute to fallen heroes

Sihle Tshabalala, popularly known as Bhubesi, released a new hip hop song and a music video titled “Sivusa Abalele” as a way of paying tribute to fallen heroes of South African music such as the late Lebo Mathosa, Brenda Fasie, Miram Makeba, Busi Mhlongo, Brown Dash, Mandoza and many more.

Bhubesi (in black) with his collaborators during the music video shoot

 “They had a lot to offer from the music scene to every aspect of the entertainment industry,” Bhubesi said. “Our music is not urban, but rooted. It means that we are continuing from what was started by others. So it is very important to show respect to their work.”

Bhubesi wrote the song, in which he featured Sipho Siwela (Ntsumpa-man) and Lungelo Gatite (El CyraX), and he said he believes that the song will be a breakthrough to his musical career. “I have been doing music for quite a long time,” he said. “However, this time I feel that I am more mature than before. I think this will be a breakthrough.”

 Music lovers have welcomed he song, which is playing in various radio stations including Massiv Metro FM and Umhlobo Wenene FM. The music video has been released on Youtube and is expected to be playing on various TV music stations soon.

It is a huge challenge for budding artists to get a record deal, Bhubesi said. “The other challenge is to get your music out there and played in the mainstream media.”

Here is a YouTube link to the music video: https://youtu.be/y97uSZ0mteE

Seng’khathele TV show inspires a new single track

Breaking up with their girlfriends on the Seng’khathele TV Show inspired musicians DJ Tweelite Webster and DJ Gezman to produce their latest musical collaboration.

“The show made me realise how important it is to protect women,” said DJ Tweelite, who has since been dubbed “The International DJ” after the show.

The Cosmo City based budding DJs appeared in the show with their ex-girlfriends Thandeka (T-Girl) and Amanda respectively, in two different episodes.

Seng’Khathele (a Zulu expression for I’m tired) is a reality show playing on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) every Saturday at 19:00hrs. Hosted by actress and singer Lerato Mvelase, the show gives couples a platform to tell their significant other that they are no longer happy and want out of the relationship.

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“I was caught in a dilemma to choose between the lady and my career,” DJ Tweelite said. “It was not easy, but I think I made the right decision. The show was so inspiring because we have since produced a single Amapiano track titled ‘Seng’khathele’ featuring Decee, which will be available in different platforms soon. There is no bad blood between me and my ex. We are fine and we will help each other to push music.”

The show brings in contact couples seeking closure and allows them to unpack all their reasons for wanting to end the relationship, while doing so amicably. Reasons range from deceit, drug addiction, infidelity, financial problems, abuse, and even bedroom problems.

For DJ Gezman, the show caught him with a surprise. “At first I was told that we were just going for a photoshoot with my girlfriend, and I was happy,” he said. “I was very surprised when I realised that we were at Seng’khathele show. The next thing Amanda told me was that we were there for a breakup. It hit me hard because it was done in public. However, I developed a certain bitter feeling that made me more creative. I sat down with DJ Tweelite to produce a single called Seng’khathele.” The duo said they are working on many singles, which they will be using for performances.

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