Producer, vocalist and singer Thandi Draai has released a compilation album via Get Physical Music.
Entitled ‘Africa Gets Physical Vol. 4’, the compilation consists of 17 tracks - opening with a tribal house spinner from Thakzin feat. Kitty Amor, ‘Khoisan’, packed with hefty kicks to set a deep groove.
Others featured in the album alongside Draai herself include Dawgpound, Drega and Atmos Blaq.
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“What a time for Afro Tech House,” Draai ponders. “It’s alive and vibrating through the whole universe. I am super honoured to be compiling this year's ‘Africa Gets Physical Vol 4’. Growing up with my music obsession, I used to buy compilations and vibe to the great selections: now it's my turn, and all I can say is I'm unapologetic about our African electronic music. We went in hard on this one!”
“I sourced, and collaborated with some of the best Afro Tech musicians from all around Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa to name a few. This compilation is rich in African percussion, vocals and rhythms to keep you going. It has been an intense intimate project - including sleepless nights, sleeping on studio floors, you name it, to bring the very best Afro House Vibes. There is something African for everyone to enjoy in this compilation: we added our colourful culture, intense spirituality in the music and various rhythms. This is just a taste of our African Dance Music.”
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Draai has already released music on Get Physical, via her ‘Jika’ EP, as well as various collaborative singles from this album with DJ Beekay and Candy Man.
Having already put together a mix showcasing women shaping African dance music for Mixmag, Draai has appeared on MistaJam’s Africa Week and currently holds a residency on Ukhozi FM’s Bhampa2Bhampa show - the leading radio station in Africa.
You can access the album digitally now. Check it here.
01. Thakzin feat. Kitty Amor - Khoisan
02. Dawgpound - Egypt
03. Un_nown & Zikhona - Sikelela
04. Drega & Maline Aura - Mama Dear
05. Suffocate SA & Miči - Free Now
06. Thandi Draai - Iris (Atmos Blaq Remix)
07. Saint Evo - Tuhan
08. Thandi Draai & Candy Man- Out Of Africa
09. DJ Beekay & Thandi Draai - Linda
10. Kasango & Deep Narratives feat. Lizwi - Ngenani
11. Shona SA & Sazi Cele - Sekukude
12. Silvva - Jumanji
13. Khensy & Cuebur - Huwelelani
14. Afro Brotherz feat. Pixie & Lucky Keys - Amathuba
15. Thandi Draai - Jika (DJ Clock Remix)
16. BlaQRhythm - In The Jungle
17. Eltonnick & G-Wash10 feat. T_Phoenix - Osiris
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter