With his first album Thokozani Ndlovu AKA L'vovo Derrango quickly became a general in a genre where 'next big things' come and go. It was quite an achievement for someone who nearly gave up music after struggling to get a recording deal. It’s been a successful partnership with his producer Zakhele Madida (an artist himself) who helped establish L'vovo as a powerhouse in the country and earn the Language Practice graduate from Newcastle had "Best kwaito" and "Song of the Year" at the 2007 Metro FM Music awards. While there’s been a rumour that the two don’t see eye to eye you don’t hear it on The Teddy Bear. The album kicks off with the hypnotically simple introduction "They Call Me Teddy Bear". Next up is the more typical L'Vovo in da club touch of "Bekumnandi", before one of his boys boasts about Durban kwaito's class on "Namhlanjek seni". It's a pumping jam that should have you shaking it in the clubs through summer and maybe even until the next album drops. L'Vovo also gives celeb-spotters some autobiography recalling last year's 'travel documentation' controversy that had him detained in Dubai and missing his scheduled London concert.
Collaborations are also a key part of Teddy Bear's appeal. "Let's go love" features one of KZN’s most promising female voices, Bucie on an attention grabbing cocktail of R&B, chilled house and kwaito rhymes. DJ Budda also adds his inner city funk to "Ubohambeceleni". And you will definitely have heard "Monate fela" featuring kwaito veteran Thebe on your favourite radio stations and in the clubs.
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