The men of Mi Casa wear stylish shoes and, happily, their performance to a packed Guy Butler Theatre on Friday matched their flashy footwear.
Mr Duda and J’Something of the headlining act Mi Casa at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The house band performed many of the crowd favourites, prompting them to get on their feet and join in dance.(Photo: CuePix/Sithasolwazi Kentane)
With an undercurrent of African rhythm infused with urban jazz, gospel, house and a touch of Brazilian samba, Mzanzi’s super-group started on the right foot.
“I’m blessed to be in Grahamstown,” J’Something says as he kicks off the show. “This is where I grew up. This is where I was made,” he says. “You guys better be ready for one helluva show.”
“I love you,” a woman in the audience shouts out. “I love you too, baby,” J’Something replies.
He then introduces the musicians accompanying the trio: Mr Thabiso on percussion, Kabelo on the saxophone and Mr Conner on bass guitar.
Eager fans kept the pressure on, demanding the old favourites the group is known for Jika, La Vida, Turn You On and These Streets were the only songs performed from their previous albums, but they still managed to keep the audience standing in what is usually a seated venue.
The rest of the show delivered surprise covers of South African classics, such as songs by Mafikizolo (Ndihamba nawe), the late Brenda Fassie (Vulindlela), Freshlyground (Doo be doo), and even Beatenburg (Sorry guys, but it looks like you have a little competition).
The surprises kept coming as J’something announced the upcoming release of their new album, with Grahamstown being the first to hear one of their unreleased tracks. It was catchy, if slightly predictable, and bound to be a hit.
Cue student reporter
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