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1.
Thina 02:47
Mina, Nawe, Thina Mina nawe sakhiwe ngenhloso Gaz’lami siphiwe masphathisane Kujigima amaphupho lude uhambo Kodwa sizofika (isiqalo, nesiphetho) Sengizobonga nothando Abazali, abangani, umndeni, nebusiso Impilo nempi nazo zonke izimo Mpefumulo ungcwele Wasithatha la, sesi le kude Aware of the perils that will surely come Is the light and the rays of this deathless sun We’ve won, we win, we win again When it rains it pours Water galore But lucky enough rainbows are not folklore And in this journey we do learn to adore and there’s more Guidance in the quiet places, in the friendly faces Aslong as we know the greatness is Mina, Nawe, Thina
2.
Africa 04:21 video
I’ve been wondering ‘bout the world we live in now All we do is fight for truth not yet been found Who’s wrong or right now, Bring it to the light somehow In Africa Looking ‘round the world now, Truth is hidden here somehow In Africa Hey hey, come on Hey my mother all alone Hey my sister go on home You will never be alone In Africa Koko Ey Ngicel’ukhuphule i-volume lapho Ey Truth and reconciliation with our minds is a thing now Is the colour of my skin finally the flight in my wing now Queens stand up or are you still growing our kids now Kings stand up or are you sweating in our gardens Bow down to those uniforms as they try to be uniform to hope on paper Held back by structure Funny we were the help that built this architecture Now we’re scattered like left overs Mntanakithi siyahlupheka Ukuphila ukubona, niyavuma? (Siyavuma) Sizophumelela ngempela it is true now Although there is complexity and conflicts in view now Let’s make this land brand new now Remember what is true now We are beautiful man, it’s the love for this land If we were made of bones and sand we gotta understand That we were made in his image and it’s His plan Hey hey, come on Hey my mother all alone Hey my sister go on home You will never be alone In Africa
3.
Billionaire 01:32
4.
Don't 05:47 video
The world is such a game we play these days Looking at it all I’m so amazed Caught up in the fog it’s such a haze Wanna keep the fire in me ablaze I don’t know where I’m going Finding me man I’m hoping They say the worlds a platform it’s a stage Let me not be caught up in this cage Oh don’t lock me in I’m open to flyin’ Don’t They say they say the say the say they say Words comin’ at me everyday It’s difficult to live at my pace Find my way within this maze I don’t know what I’m doing I’m at that age thought I’m movin’ I’ll get it right I promise Give me space I’ll calm this noise and live in peace Oh don’t lock me in I’m open to flyin’ Don’t lock me in
5.
Heckman 02:05
6.
Dezaster 05:27
This is new, the pain of loss is real No matter who, it still has the first time feel Life moves on, even though you’re gone, it moves on Life moves on, without your song And I think about all the laughs I’ve missed Think about all the hugs I’ve missed The precious time I’ve missed No matter what I’ll miss I’ll miss you It’s a disaster but my heart will heal This is new, hurts like brand new shoes Sad but true, sometimes we play to loose Life moves on, even though you’re gone, it moves on Life moves on, without your song And I think about all the joys I’ve missed This very life of mine I’ve missed The previous time I’ve missed No matter what I miss, I’ll miss you It’s a disaster but my heart will heal So long
7.
Playground 03:36
8.
Welcome 04:16
The new beginnings scare us off sometimes The mysteries are books we hope stay closed We need the ebb and flow to live through time World is on our shoulder now But new beginnings find their way back home Walls fall down when we release ourselves Those inhibitions are the devils horns Worlds our shoulder now Welcome to this thing called life Learn to love yourself, Show some pride But if you’re in pain, don’t be scared to let it show, Always give respect, Be kind Cause that could help someone you never never know Take your time to think, Try to smile Some won’t smile back but that happens all the time Life isn’t easy, It isn’t fair Live in the moment you’ll find happiness is there Welcome to this thing called life
9.
Breathe 04:41
Breathe, slow, in, out. Think I need some water (walk slow) Think I need some water (I need to take a seconds breather) Let me take a seat What a bad idea Walk, step, step, step Think I need some water (walk slow) Think I need some water (I need to take a seconds breather) Let me take a seat What a bad idea Bap bap Minds a crowded mess I need to take a seconds breather
10.
Love! (free) 01:24
11.
RFRE 04:34
Feeling lucky with no cause (It’s a good morning) Need to go contemplate by my favorite spot, where my thoughts rest easy (Let me check my fantasy league) Read a book about time (Maybe grab a coffee) How much difference a second makes (And chill at the bench) Where my mind can roam free, Where my thoughts rest easy Just chill no thinking, Just good old blinking Where my mind can roam free , Where my thoughts rest easy Calm and peace in park (it’s only 10 thirty) Watch says 10 thirty oh well, let me feed these ducks (Let me wash up, put on my sneaks) (Then make my way over to the park) Need to deliver these flowers, (It will be good while it lasts) Was good while it lasted Where my mind can roam free, Where my thoughts rest easy Just chill no thinking, Just good old blinking Where my mind can roam free , Where my thoughts rest easy Roam free rest easy Where my mind can roam free Where my thoughts rest easy Just chill no thinking just...
12.
Bye 02:51
Yes I see you I’m no fool But I gotta keep cool Cause it scares me how beautiful you look I got some questions I gotta ask but first I’ll bump my fist against my chest, I’m the best (I psych myself up, yes) First question, am I good enough, do I need to change? Next question, am I tall enough, do I need extra game? Oh Third question, am I brave enough, can I get your name? I know I’m strange, but all I wanna say is... Hello, hey, hi, bye Who’s that peeking in the distance Blurry mirage a life wished to live Be good to see what happens Better than being stuck in what I think How’s about a conversation Beyond the hi’s and how you doing How’s about the becoming Bliss bliss in the way were relating All the the pages still stuck together now With coffee stains and bent corners But I swear I’m a good read From the cover to the blurb Sonnets and words to feed the mind yes You’d be filled to the brim yes Are you willing to dive in dear But first we gotta say Hello, hey, hi, bye

about

Cynicism is an easy sell. We’re skeptical of harmony because the news sows division, social media runs on scorn, and tangible reminders of good have become increasingly rare. Yet there are those whispered moments of unity, those artists who effortlessly embody the ideals of fusion –those who allow us to reap the rewards that can only yielded from an embrace of different ideas, cultures, and sounds. This is the genius of Seba Kaapstad.

Seba Kaapstad is a multi-national neo-soul quartet comprised of a South African, a Swazi, and two Germans. They summon the most powerful manifestation of creativity: music that represents an idea. Their Mello Music debut album, Thina, takes its name from the Zulu word for “us.” It is a gorgeous halo of soul, encompassing several continents worth of sound, and obliterating the notion of genre. It is divined by artists whose lineage is riven with trauma and suffering. But like their ancestors, they endured. And only in this futuristic present could they reconcile the perseverance and turmoil of the past, using music to inspire unity and heal.

They conjure beatific grooves that radiate with alluvial soul, celestial jazz, electronic experimentation and the polyrhythmic essence of Africa. It is marrow music, what digs beneath your bones, seeping into your bloodstream and inner visions. You hear flashes of the greats: Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jill Scott, and the Things Fall Apart-era Roots. You might even hear the ethereal float of Frank Ocean or the glowing bliss of Flying Lotus and Thundercat. But like all stellar quartets, Seba Kaapstad is indivisible and made stronger by the sum of their parts.

If the sonic roots lie in the tessaracts of eternal memory, Seba Kaapstad’s present-day genesis trace to 2013, the year that Sebastian Schuster arrived in Cape Town and immediately fell in the love with its rich cultural tapestry, legendary musical community, and artful chaos. He soon paired with the rest of the band—Zoe Modiga, Philip Scheibel (Pheel), Ndumiso Manana—developing the sort of telepathic chemistry can’t be replicated or really even explained.

You hear this harmonic synthesis all over Thina. Each song is a symphony of its own. Take “Don’t,” which opens with glistening pianos and a head-bobbing slap, then Zoe Modiga unleashes her sky-rattling voice, alternating between near-rapping and time-stopping, levitating multi-octave solos—all the while paraphrasing Shakespeare. And in the last minute, there’s an exquisite string coda that you’d expect to hear at a world-class philharmonic.

There’s "Breathe," which OkayAfrica raved was “a refreshing combination of the crew's different influences…as much of a Friday/Saturday night jam as a Sunday morning one.” It’s a spiritual hymn in search of water and solace, a loose-limbed rhythm that echoes the themes of Fela and the jams of classic Electric Ladyland neo-soul. While the title track alternates between Zulu and English, as Modiga offers inspirational uplift and timeless lyrics about the natural elements.

This is what Seba Kaapstad capture: the notion of the axis mundi, where all points converge, and all tensions dissolve into something that proves that reality can occasionally be suffused with pure beauty. At least for 12 songs at a time.

credits

released May 17, 2019

Mixed by Philip Scheibel and Sebastian Schuster @Pheel Studios Stuttgart
Mastered by: Sascha "Busy“ Bühren @TrueBusyness Berlin

Ndumiso Manana : Group Member, Vocals & Lyrics
Zoe Modiga : Group Member, Vocals & Lyrics:
Sebastian Schuster: Group Member, Keyboards (Piano & Rhodes), Bass (Double Bass, Electric, Bass Synth), Synthies, Composition
Philip Scheibel: Group Member, Programming, Drums, Synthies, Fx

Boris Stankewitz: Guitar ("Don’t", "Dezaster", "Welcome", "Breath", "RFRE“)
Christoph Heckeler: Piano ("Heckman“)
Martin Grünenwald: Live Drums ( "Africa“, "Don’t“, "Breath“)
Daniel Mudrack: Live Drums ("Welcome“)
Thomas Wörle: Live Drums ("RFRE“)
Toni Farris: Bass Synth ("Playground“)
Franziska Schuster: Vocals ("Playground“)
Sophie Schuster : Violine ("Don´t“)
Felix Brade: Violoncello ("Don’t“)

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