After their recent success with industry-leading releases on labels like Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream, and their very own Bantwana’s Kollektiv imprint, South African artists, Bantwana’s are back again with a vocal rich two-track EP entitled, Gus & Lib that once again pins them at the forefront of the ever-growing organic Afro House movement.
The African electronic band, Bantwana’s latest EP delivers nothing short of a mesmerizing foray into their sound while fusing African elements with edgy electronic production. Setting the bar high for the EP to come, the title track, Gus & Lib starts things off with a soulful rhythmic guitar lead that perpetuates throughout the whole track, while emotively harmonic vocals provide the backdrop to this energetic masterpiece. Atmosphere and dance ability are at the forefront of this track, encompassing the listener with the nuance of Bantwana’s production prowess and leading gracefully into the second track of the EP.
“The title of the EP is taken from the names of my great grandfathers Gustyekeketye and Libalele. The track channels them through the lyrics ‘siyalubona uthango luphelile’ which means ‘we can see the kraal is falling apart’. The bigger meaning is assuring the ancestors that we will continue to rebuild what they’ve left for us. Excited we finally got to translate this piece of art into music”. – Blanka Mazimela
Closing things off on a high note, Ingelengele begins with an addictive percussive rhythm and an enigmatic lead that fuels the subtle undertones of this beautifully written track. Moog-esque basslines and stunning vocals by DRC’s proud Danny Ndaye clearly define the focus, while backing vocal hooks push the listener forward and keep you hooked until the very last beat, yet again proving why Bantwana’s have been able to rise up through the ranks in such a short time.
Bantwana’s ‘Gus & LIb’ Will Be Available Everywhere On September 18th 2020 Via Bantwanas Kollektiv