The EP kicks off with Thandiswa Mazwai and Zolani Mkiva’s Abuyile Amakhosi, an upbeat afro-pop song that pays homage to the Xhosa cultural group. KB Motsilanyane and Stoan Seate’s Ke A Phela, which translates to “I am alive”, is the second track on the EP and inherently narrates how being rooted in African culture is what keeps African hearts beating. Amapiano inspired Hi Bomba by Sho Madjozi and Dr Sithole calls on the Xitsonga cultural group to embrace their colourful culture with pride. The fourth and final track on the EP is Thina Asizazi, a modern maskandi track by Sjava and Madala Kunene that delves into issues of identity and self-discovery.
Executive producer of the Clan Beats EP, DJ Maphorisa highlighted how the experience inspired him to retrace his roots and learn more about his own heritage “Working on a project that deals with clan praises and the celebration of culture made me want to know more about my own culture. The same can be said about the artists, Sjava for instance, he took the process really seriously. It was clear to see when he was in studio that he did some introspection and put a lot of effort in creating this song. The same can be said about all the other artists who experienced the creation of the album differently, yet they were all passionate and meticulous in crafting this artistic representation of their respective clans. I look forward to sharing the music with the rest of Africa.” concluded Maphorisa.
EP will be available on from 24th September 2019