Msaki and The Golden Circle is a Folk and Jazz musical band that has newly formed and aims to retain Africa’s identity and culture through their soulful music. In an interview with Channel24, Msaki discussed their inspiration and drive in the music they do.
One can compare Msaki’s voice to the one of the America’s Legendary songstress Tracy Chapman. “It may be a struggle to find a ready-made home for the music. There aren’t many spaces that play music that isn’t tightly defined; music that falls between the cracks. You will get exceptions; it’s lovely and helpful to be played on radio, for example,” she said.
The Liwa Lentliziyo singer is defined as a powerhouse of soul, folk and jazz all the way from the Eastern Cape. Her beautiful voice is often accompanied by her guitar, a harp, a spoken word artist, drums, upright and bass guitars, and horns , the combination that cooks up magic.
She gets Inspiration from the likes of Neo Muyanga, Nina Simone, Fela Kuti and Radiohead to Madala Kunene and Miriam Makeba. She has previously shared stages with Thandiswa Mazwai and Salif Keita before.“The artists I look up to were or are having an honest conversation with themselves and their surroundings. I need consciousness in my art for my own sanity because art is my real-life coping tool.”
She and the Golden Circle’s sound can be described as protest music with content that take people back to the traumatizing moments and memories the SA society has faced as a way of letting them know that they should be aware it happened but should not live by it. The band formed when more musicians got involved last year to record Msaki’s debut album, Zaneliza: How the Water Moves.”We stayed together after this and kept performing the album, keeping its original big sound.”
Msaki and the band are working on Platinumb Heart the album, which is set to release next year.
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