Music Friday: Afrotraction

Afrotraction is back with a bang! He has recently released his 5th studio album, titled The Launch of JazzYano. In this album, he has reinterpreted AmaPiano and levelled it up by fusing the sound with jazz instrumentals, proving to us that he can move swiftly from Afro-Soul, RnB, Afro-Jazz, Gospel and AmaPiano with so much ease.

My most favourite songs include Mali Yam, Mtakwetu (feat. Siphokazi) and Phambana. Other vocalists featured on the album include Busiswa, Mbalizethu and Korsche.

Background: Afrotraction (Mzwandile Moya) is a South African R&B and neo-soul musician & producer. Originally from Mbombela,  Moya grew up in a musical family which led to his love for music at an early age. He is a self-taught pianist and bassist. He has worked with numerous South African artists of different genres. Looking at Afrotraction’s previous bodies of work, I remembered my love of his popular song, Ngimtholile which used to populate the airwaves.

 

His bodies of work include the following:

  1. Soul Deep – released in 2009 under record label Electromode. The album was dominated by love songs that were brewed with a neo-soul sound, with a fusion of piano and drums. My favourite songs include Ngimtholile, Heartfelt, Sweetie Nguwe, Put You First, Love is in the air as well as the tittle track. It is a great album for Sunday mid-mornings.
  2. Soulfully Yours – released in 2012 through Electromode. In this album, he kept the same theme as in the debut album. A hopeless romantic Swati man who had no intentions of ‘ukukhuluma emacala’ and only ready for peace, love, and harmony. The album contains mature sounds with tones of a man that is ready to ‘ukulobola’ and requesting that his lover be next to him, day and night because that is how often he thought about them. Crazy in love by Beyoncé feat. Jay Z afrofied! My favourite songs include Emacala feat. Prince Bulo, Ngeke K’lunge, Ngawe and Ng’bathe, Blessed Fingers feat. Devine Mitchell, Imali Yamalobolo as well as the tittle song.
  3. For The Lovers – released in July 2014 via Magnum Opus Music. Romantic themed infused with an upbeat tempo, reminding me of R Kelly’s ‘Step In The Name of Love’ .’ The album scooped a South African Music Award for Best R&B and Soul Album! My favourite songs include Imali, Most Beautiful feat. Kabomo, Won’t Let You Go feat. Kate Nyamende, Zokuphatha Kahle feat. Malik Zwane & Presss as well as the tittle track.
  4. Love & Respect – released 2016 under Afrotraction Music Group, was a way for Afrotraction to branch into independence. My favourite songs include Ngiphelele, Yekelani, Ngamthand’umunu, TKO feat. Ayo Solanke, Mtjele and the title track that featuring Proverb. This album was nominated for 2 SAMAs,  Best Produced Album and Best R&B and Soul Album.
  5. Relationships – released in  2017 under Afrotraction Music Group. My favourite songsare As’jabule, Mnike, Mbombela and Time For Love. I remember loving Mnike so much and a romantic interest of mine was vocal about not liking the lyrical contents of the song, because in their mind, they were of the view that it encouraged cheating. I laughed and kept on playing it because I believed that the song was so open to many interpretations; and to me, it meant something different: being consistent and not letting your partner suffer because of unmet needs. 
  6. The Gospel of Afrotraction: Moya Movement – released in 2020, is a beautiful faith-based and worship album. My favourite songs include Phakama feat. Thembinkosi Manqele, Philisa, Ngiyabonga feat. Priscilla Mahamba and Simakade. The album also features some of South Africa’s best gospel vocalists including Mahalia Buchanan, Takie Ndou, Bongi and Collin. I love his take on gospel music!

You can follow Afrotraction via Social Media platforms like Twitter (@AfrotractionSA) and Instagram (@Thee_Afrotraction). For bookings, e-mail: bookme@afrotraction.co.za or call: 076 916 4084.