Muzi Shares His Afrovision

Muzi’s Afrovision album is an “instant classic” according to Bob Perfect. He breaks down why he feels that way and finds out what other people at the listening session thought of the album after the jump.

 

 

Muzi’s an artist who I’ve admired for a while now. In fact, he’s the person I’ve interviewed the most in my 7 years of doing this. From Noisey to Bubblegum Club, from Skype calls to Berlin to sharing joints in my lounge, and most recently live at his Afrovision listening session at The Werehouse, I’ve always left our conversations with a few nuggets of wisdom and a whole lot of inspiration. Muzi has an infectious spirit and natural charisma, as well as tenacity and talent that is unrivaled.

 

He’s always appeared to have a clear vision of who he is and what he’s trying to achieve with music, and he’s followed that vision all the way from the neck-breaking Bundu FX EP all the way to his groove-laced Afrovision album which he released last week. Personally, I think the album is an instant classic. This is one of those albums that young South Africans in 2030 are going to cite as an influence because their parents played it every weekend. Listening to it just feels so damn good, with beats as infectious as Muzi’s personality and uplifting lyrics that give you strength to get through the toughest of days.

 

I’ve been playing “Boss Mode” anytime I’ve really needed to get something done, singing along as Muzi proclaims “Raise me up, raise me up, raise me up, like Simba on the mountain… Because I’m a motherfucking baws.” Muzi actually handles most of the vocals on the album, something he learned to do because he “couldn’t afford features”. If you’ve read previous interviews with him, you’ll see that this is a common thread in Muzi’s career. He’s learned to make the most with limited resources and lands up creating something incredible because of it.

 

One of the most notable features of the few on the album is Okmalumkoolkat on Nu Day, which you’ve no doubt heard already, or will real soon. At the listening session, I asked Muzi if the sexual assault conviction was a consideration when working with Koolkat. He explained that they spoke at an event that Okmalumkoolkat was performing at that was in aid of fighting against sexual assault, and that Malum expressed his will to show that he’s changed through his actions, which is why Muzi decided to work with him. I think a lot of people are still waiting for Okmalumkoolkat to engage with the issue more meaningfully with his words, but if he’s genuine, hopefully, he finds more ways to show it that make a difference.

 

Nu Day is just one track of 13 though and Afrovision is 90% Muzi with a few touches from artists he respects. Like, Una Rams, who Muzi took a bus to Jozi to go record Chocolate Dreams with after chatting in the Twitter DMs. Because that’s just the kind of guy who Muzi is. You can get to know the kind of guy Muzi is a lot better by listening to Afrovision on the streaming service of your choice, here’s the iTune’s link, and by finding out what people thought of the Durban listening session in the video below.

 

 

 

Video shot by Matthew Cuthbert of Cool Points Productions, edited by Robin Avnit.

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