Malaika - Sekunjalo

2007-11-07 13:26
Malaika has experimented with new and fresh sounds that sure will have the rest of Africa listening and doing the kwassa-kwassa. They’ve worked with session musicians from Nigeria and Congo, roped in Mozambican musician and dancer Choppa to translate “Bambino” to Portuguese and grabbed the chance to feature the late afro-pop legend Jabu Khanyile on “Kiss Kiss”.

Ace producer Sello Chicco Twala co-wrote and produced “Never Change My Mind”. If you were surprised my Malaika featuring the late Jabu Khanyile, you might be even more surprised by their version of Wendy Oldfield’s “Don’t Stop Believing”.

The famous songbird Sibongile Khumalo’s son, Tshepo Mngoma is featured on strings and violin in “Sekunjalo” giving the album an eclectic but still very African vibe. Kwaito heavyweights DJ Christos, Spikiri and Guffy added their expertise to give Sekunjalo the unmistakeable Mzansi urban kwaito-house flavour.

The trio is sounding more serious on Sekunjalo raising political and social issues such as poverty, ubuntu and HIV. But fans know by now that a ‘bus-stop’ hit is always guaranteed for the festive season. With “Loketo” dominating the airwaves already, it’s most likely to become a Christmas and new-year anthem, once again.

-Gugu Mkhabela
If there’s one other thing besides catchy afro-pop hits Malaika’s been consistent with, it’s waiting for the last quarter of the year to release their albums. Will Mzansi be dancing the ‘bus-stop’ to more Malaika anthems during the festive season or will we be singing along to the same Christmas carols over re-mixed afro-pop beats? In other words is Malaika’s third album another Christmas chart attack?

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chana 2007/12/20 5:19 PM
malaika......Esh Man I love it, and i'll never ever change my mind on that one.................mwaaah!!! and Jabu get well soon.
kabelo 2008/04/11 1:45 PM
Malaika - Sekunjalo Malaika - i always loved you ppl but i feel you could have done much beta then the other disc well you worked hard yes but then your previous cd"s were top of you game to an extend i still have all of them even have new disc for back,,,up incase something happens to the other but the new one i dnt think i need a disc 2 for it,,,,sjevo get well man my prayer are with you aspecially since i knw in person man,,,,,,,, soon
Shibo 2008/05/12 12:34 PM
Malaika I don' believe Malaika derserved this award, can't they give new and fresh artist like Martin a chance. Nonganga is really good can't someone see the talent and stop giving awards to ppl just because they are known. This is so unfair for these young artists. SA wake and stop destroying our talent.
Reshoketswe riba 2008/09/09 3:57 PM
Malaika Malaika rockd me diz wikend in pta show,wud love 2 be one of their dancerz 1 day,they rocked me,they specied up my life.
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