Gang of Instrumentals - Salute

2009-03-10 07:49
Gang of Instrumentals' sound is a mix of Lady Naturelle’s sweet soulful vocals, Mandla N’s poetic raps and Bongo Riot’s ragga chants. They're all involved in the creative process, and Salute is an eclectic mix of Afro-pop, urban-pop, reggae and hip hop with an attractive pop sheen.

The productions is tight, the vocals on point and most of the songs have top 20 potential.

Besides chart-topping track “My Number One”, other outstanding songs include dancehall-inspired “Shake It”, Reggae-infused “Sunshine” and up-tempo “On my knees”.

The CD is not only about shaking what yo’ mama gave you; there are songs with strong messages, for example “Wendlw’emnyama” with its message of African unity and peace. Even with the great production and intelligent messages in the song. The album still has its weaknesses. Using Idol judge Randy’s words, some tracks lack the ‘yo factor’. “Who’s under that skin”, a song criticising BEE people, seems silly and contradictory. “Life in the City” sounds like a promotion for Lady and Mandla’s SABC 1 sitcom, City Ses'la.

But overall, GI impresses. Unlike many groups, who sit back and let the record company do the promotion, they've produced an impressive-looking album and a website with lyrics, song clips and music videos.

This album is a promising second milestone in a story of a band with a bright future.

- Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala
“My number One” by Gang of Instrumentals has been everywhere, including radio top 10 charts across the country, making GI one of South Africa’s most talked-about acts. Their high-quality video has had regular rotation on MTV Base, on Channel O and, of course, on YouTube.

"We want to go worldwide!": Read the GI interview

Minddo 2007/05/11 6:49 PM
ALBUM tha album iz too nice , i mean you can get whatever you are into coz it got a lil'bit of thiz n a lil'bit of that,frm pop,reggae and straightup to hip hop. i like it 2 much.P.E.A.C.E...
lunda 2007/05/16 11:09 AM
keep it up The sound is what we all ready to hear or listen to so guys thumbs up for all of you. let there be much more to come.
cuz 2007/05/18 12:52 PM
Salute This music transcends age, race and prejudice. I love it and am a Classic FM listener. There is something beautiful and optimistic here.
puseletso 2007/09/28 2:27 PM
hj this cd rocks, i wish i had it in my mobile as my ringtone.keep it up your NUMBER ONE fan
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