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Kalawa jazz ups the tempo

2018-07-22 08:13

Johannesburg - Thursday evening saw the Universal Music Group host a party in celebration of one of its most successful local imprints.

Kalawa Jazmee has been in the industry for 25 years and has always been among those at the front of the pack. Through the efforts and creations of such iconic acts as Brother of Peace, Professor, Boom Shaka, Mafikizolo, Alaska, Bongo Maffin and Zonke, this label is at a point where it can look back with pride and still aim at the future.

So why not showcase a few of their current artists? That is exactly what the supreme priest of church grooves Oskido did. He had Stoan Seate as the MC and a line-up that had both the old flavours of this stable as well as some new direction.

The media types and influencers were bundled into a room for the performances, but, due to certain shortages, the energy was rather low at the event.

Poor Stoan even had to step in after a while and urge the room to give a bit more, “energy, energy guys”, he pleaded.

But the performances were enjoyable. AB Crazy, the label’s only rapper, took to the stage and provided his take on rap, and Candy also gave a fairly good performance. Strangely enough, both of these artists had songs that boasted Afro-beat type arrangements that might hint at the new direction Kalawa is looking at.

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A few legends were also spotted milling about – kwaito veteran Spikiri, and motswako legends HHP and Tuks all took to the stage, making it the highlight of the evening.

The old guard should really put in more work as far as output and appearances.

Oskido provided the room with a short history of the label and he seemed truly grateful for the years of support and assured everyone that there would be more to come for a while yet. 

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