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Emile Minnie - Supernova

2011-02-28 10:25
Accomplished songwriter Emile Minnie's fourth solo album features songs that range from syrupy pop numbers to more substantial ballads, all of which show off this Afrikaans artist’s way with words - even if what he says is not necessarily ground-breaking.

Minnie embarked on a musical career in the early 2000s. Since then he has been considered for a number of local laurels including a Kanna at the KKNK for his musical performance as part of singing-duo Vlam and a SAMA for Best Alternative Afrikaans album for his 2008 offering Nagmusiek.

However, the last award nomination is slightly misleading - listening to Supernova will make it quite clear that although his music may be described as experimental, alternative is not Minnie’s obvious style.

The word that does come to mind, however, is "sensitive". On Eva for instance, he goes on about a universal image of woman that reminds him of his mum. And I don’t think many grown men will be so brave as to use the word “rainbow” once, let alone on two separate tracks.

But Minnie does, and does so with pride. It is evident that he enjoys the Afrikaans language- relishing old, crackling words that have a nice aural ring whether that includes rainbows, trees or solar systems. Lyrics on Supernova are often more about feeling and less about meaning.

Stand out tracks include "Ongebonde" - an 80s inspired Afrikaans electro-mash up. The eclectic sound seems to be the album's trademark.

Syrupy pop numbers, substantial ballads, and a way with words.
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