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Shangaan Electro

Since I first met up with Shangaan Electro producer Nozinja in Johannesburg in 2010, the ultra fast-paced marimba electro music was an unknown phenomenon. Since then, thanks to an Honest Jon’s compilation and lots of media coverage, Nozinja and his team of dancers and singers have toured Europe, Australia and made appearances at Damon Albarn’s Another Honest Jon’s Chopup gigs in October last year alongside Fatoumata Diawara, Flea, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Tony Allen and Theo Parrish.

Last month, two new compilations appeared on digital download sites. The clown-faced boiler suited Tshestsha Boys’ released Youtube Top Hits while Tiyiselani Vomaseve, a five-piece girl group released Tiyiselani Volume 1. All music is by Nozinja. Here’s a tune from each: