CD: Mbuso Khoza - Zilindile

By Drum Digital
20 April 2012

Themba Mkhize’s new signing is heavily steeped in world music idioms as well as mbaqanga and maskandi.

Consider the leadoff track, Eshowe, with its steady riff which is shot through with world music references. Vocally Mbuso sounds like a cross between the late Bhekumuzi Luthuli and Bheki Ngcobo with Salif Keita’s sensibilities.

Highlights include the tracks Mayoyo and Afrika Shumayela – a haunting riff that comes in some queer time signature. A sterling debut!

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