Jozi – Original Soundtrack

2010-04-06 13:54
Jozi OST
Like the movie it inspired, this is a soundtrack that doesn’t play it safe. From crazy off-the-wall rocking out courtesy of Howard Roark, an aKING track that's actually meaningful, some HHP and an injection of cool from MXO and there's little room for Jozi – The Soundtrack to put a foot wrong.

While much of the album feels homegrown and familiar with a few popular radio hits, it's also a fantastic launch pad for a couple of SA artists you may not have heard before. Laurie Levine is a complete unknown to me, but her contribution "Kites" is a revelation – a song that defies gravity as it wafts by into a pure dreamscape. Her exquisite, breathless coo of a voice is backed by the sparest of percussion and recalls the swaying majesty of Norah Jones, Liz Fraser and Bjork's more achingly beautiful moments. The 2010 SAMA nominee is one to keep a very very close eye on.

Also lending the soundtrack some credibility is not one but two (!) songs from the always-awesome Black Hotels whose "Shapes and Kings" also serves as the movies theme song, as such. The genre-defying Gang of Instrumentals also get two slots to get the party started, although "Oh Yeah" and "Woza December" have been played out by now.

And like the country that birthed it, the soundtrack is a veritable potjkiekos of musical styles that rocks, grooves, sokkies, kicks it old-skool and bigs it up only the way Mzansi's finest can.

From one of South Africa's more promising comedy movie releases in recent times comes an equally promising, if slightly cooler, soundtrack.

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