House Afrika Sessions Volume 2
Disc 3: Keys Snow - The Bigger Picture
1. Keys Snow feat. Jared Douglas - Love Life
2. Keys Snow feat. Selloane - Let You Go
3. Keys Snow feat. Mpho Maboi - Happiness
4. Keys Snow feat. Silas Fuphe - ODE To Ethiopia
5. Keys Snow feat. Zano - Download My Love
6. Keys Snow feat. Martin East - Let You Fly (Harp So Sad)
7. Keys Snow feat. Glenda Koka - A Re Rataneng
8. Keys Snow feat. Zulmira - Mariquinha
9. Keys Snow feat. TK Goodman and Gugu - Woo Me Love
10. Keys Snow feat. Kay IceQueen - Morning Glory
11. Keys Snow feat. S-tone - You And Me
12. Keys Snow feat. Morzaaq defVillage - Mosadi Waka
The first ‘House Afrika Sessions’ quadruple pack in 2010, a collaboration with the Bass, Breaks & Beats label, included a mix from Liquideep – and a sweet little song called “Fairytale” that went absolutely stellar. Now the second volume has arrived (with an extra disc) just in time for the South African summer, and it’s jam-packed with tracks that could emulate that kind of success.
Assembled by the who’s-who of the SA deep house scene, ‘Sessions II’ is similarly loaded with sumptuous, all-local tunes from some of the country’s finest DJ/producers: the likes of Da Capo, Zeedan, Keys Snow, Sculptured Music and Chymamusique.
Disc 1 comes from Da Capo, who in light of his recent accomplishments should need little introduction. Originally from Limpopo, this deep and tribal house producer was signed to Nick Holder’s DNH label in 2010 and he has since worked with Holder himself, Andy Compton and Chicago’s John Crockett. His selection, titled ‘Touch’, features an array of his own smooth sounds, including a remix of Chymamusique and collaborations with vocalist Lyrik Shoxen.
Next on the line-up is a DJ from Vosloorus on the East Rand who’s well known for hosting deep house party’s around the Ekurhuleni area. Zeedan has amassed a dozen tracks from the most talented unknown producers in his area for his ‘Addicted to House’ selection, including Viwe The Don, Sthe, Fofo, Smash Yellow (plus a DJ Clock remix), Re-loaded and DJ Mint. It’s an amazing summation of a vibrant scene. DJ Zeedan started his musical journey as a DJ in 1999 and has mastered the craft as a pioneer in the music and dj industry. His passion and love for house music has landed him in a social circle of the most trusted South Africa’s legends such as Vinny Da Vinci, Glen Lewis, Christos, Tim White & Internationally - Ralf Gum, Alton Miller & Dj Rocco.) Zeedan has expanded his horizons as one of the founder members of The Addicted 2 House Movement under his company Basic Soul Trading Enterprise.
Disc 3, ‘The Bigger Picture’, has been put together by Keys Snow, whose “You And Me” was recently released on Traxsource by House Afrika with remixes from Rowick Deep and the UK’s Martin East, amongst others. It appears here alongside a Martin East collaboration and a raft of new tunes like the sublime “Love Life” (a definite contender to be this compilation’s “Fairytale”). Keys Snow is based in Pretoria and his jazzy style (he’s played piano since he was young) has earned him props from the likes of Black Coffee, Quentin Harris and C-Pen.
Number 4 in this series of soulful assaults comes from Sculptured Music (aka Willy Lubisi) and is tagged ‘Given by Nature’. This Johannesburg native has caused a commotion on download sites like Afrodesia with tracks like ‘Everybody Get Down”; he’s had tracks included on a number of compilation CDs; he remixed Busi Mhlongo’s “Ukuthla”; and he reached number one on Y FM’s Hot 99 chart with a collaboration with Eddie Nicholas.
Finally, Chymamusique brings us his ‘House Dimensions’. Having started his career as a jazz pianist, dancefloors are certainly grateful he changed tack after falling in love with house! In 2011 he won no less than three remix competitions and started getting plenty of attention. Apart from running his own label, he’s aligned himself with the likes of House Afrika and MoFunk Records; appeared on multiple house collections; and DJed alongside the likes of QB Smith, Charles Webster and Atjazz, as well as internationally.
His deep operation seals an indispensable round-up of the new sound of South Africa.