After more than three years of recording in more than ten different countries with more than thirty musicians, house music doctor, Mzee is back with a big bang!
The man who brought you club anthems ‘Mahuwelele’, ‘Zvinosiririsa’ and ‘Umoja’, is back with a brand new tribal house album after more than five years away from the music industry.
On his latest offering, Mzee also introduces his proteges, Rafiki – a Swahili word for friends. Rafiki is a duo made up of producer’s old time collaborator, Gorden ‘DJ Godheaven’ Netshikweta and renown pianist, Julius ‘Juju’ Dlamini.
Mzee and Rafiki are best known as the kings of Ancestral and tribal house and are about to drop their most anticipated Pan-African studio album titled Timhamba (Ancestral Rituals).
This star-studded album is a masterpiece of collaborations Mzee and Rafiki had with amazing musicians around the world, more especially across Africa.
In this album, Mzee and Rafiki criss-crossed around and collaborated with the Mansa of Mali, the legendary Salif Keita, Aly Faque, who is hailed as the voice of Mozambique, Ali Yurttas, a Muslim spiritual singer from Turkey, Kashivi Andre, an elderly Khoisan griot from South Africa, Wiyaala, an up and coming musician from Ghana, who has taken the music industry by storm winning album of the year, song of the year and video of the year two years in a row in her respective country.
The album also feature a host of South African musicians like Phuzekhemisi, who is the doyen of Maskandi music, Suthukazi Arosi, another veteran and African soul singer, Brenda Mtambo, a former member of the award winning gospel group, Joyous Celebration, Malatji, best known as the Prince of Khelobedu.
Mzee and Rafiki also collaborated Kunle Ayo and Kani, who both hail from a Nigeria and Bholoja, the amazing voice of Swaziland to mention just a few.
DJ Godheaven has been with Mzee for years, as an original member of The A Team – a group of up and coming young producers signed to Bomba Records, Mzee’s record label while Juju has been playing piano for the award winning South African afropop group, Malaika, for almost 10 years.
The duo have been hard at work at Mahuwelele Studios in Johannesburg over the past three years cooking up this new album and they are back reclaim their crown as tribal house kings and raise the South African flag across the globe.