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Africa Entsha

Vumani Bo
Performed By Africa Entsha
Album UPC 700261822860
CD Baby Track ID 9794234
Label Pollen8 Productions
Released 2012-08-03
BPM 86
Rated 0
ISRC ushm81240958
Year 2012
Spotify Plays 874
Writers
Writer Africa Entsha
Pub Co Africa Entsha
Composer Africa Entsha
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country South Africa

Description

A new collection of 12 uplifting, original songs from the sensational a capella band from Soweto, capturing the essence of their live performances, all voices recorded singing together. African rhythms fuse with Do Wop, Hip Hop and 60's soul.

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frica Entsha

Africa Entsha from Soweto were discovered busking in the parts of Johannesburg rarely visited. A blessing for all. As Soweto Entsha they were catapulted into the limelight in 2010 performing at the world cup opening ceremony. The following year they were wowing audiences in Edinburgh scooping the 'Best Performance at The Fringe' award. Since then the group have deciding to change their name to Africa Entsha (new Africa in Zulu language), wishing to fly the African flag and to represent their continent as a whole

Africa Entsha’s performance is from the South African oral tradition, sung a capella in Gospel style. At the very heart of their shows are the Zulu songs, full of rhythm, style and spirit. From the very first moments of their unique all singing all dancing performances, Africa Entsha completely captivate, by the end audiences are left breathless, often deeply moved.

Africa Entsha are back in Edinburgh this year with a new show, together with a new album and single, which has been recorded and released independently with UK label Pollen8.

Africa Entsha are a sensation, 2012 is their year, Edinburgh the place, watch it happen!

Reviews

We have had the privilege of working with Africa Entsha over the past 6 weeks, during which time they have performed on a wide range of stages including The International Eisteddfod, The Night and Day Café, The Llangollen Fringe Festival and at many schools, churches and even night clubs! Incredibly, all who have seen them, young and old, without exception have been visibly blown away by their incredible abilities. As well as being a world music and gospel phenomenon, they truly are a pop sensation, with the personalities and talents to take them beyond anything seen before!

Damon Horrill Pollen8 Productions July 2012

Soweto Entsha, a smart, slick a cappella four-piece who reached a global audience last year performing at the World Cup opening ceremony, are distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed the Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance, making for a diverse set which draws on the vibrancy of 1950s doo-wop, the all-singing, all-dancing presentation of the 1960s soul groups and the more saccharine tendencies of the modern R&B outfits as much as the soft, healing invocations and exhilarating spirit of their own tribal cultures
In any case, their four-part singing is simply exquisite. Some context regarding their repertoire would have been nice though. If their English language songs are any barometer, Soweto Entsha are big on heart-swelling messages of solidarity and spirituality.

By Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman August 2011

In a music market saturated with cloned bubblegum pop and industry-peddled garbage, AFRICA ENTSHA are a welcome breath of fresh air. It’s difficult to encapsulate just how ridiculously joyful you are likely to feel when you hear them sing their live acapella numbers…. you can’t bottle this stuff. Writing about their homeland, blessings and feeling good in general, their music is infectious in the loveliest way possible. Using their voices to mimic percussion and bass is utterly incredible and their harmonies are so tight, you can’t help but laugh at the sheer brilliance of it all. These boys are going to be massive. Stop reading this review and go and see for yourself. Absolutely first class.

Steph Jones, Manchester Radio Online. July 2012


Warning – Africa Entsha are highly addictive! These 4 modest guys from Soweto are stunningly charismatic performers who deliver thrilling and heartfelt shows every time I’ve seen them. As a Musical Director myself I can analyse their excellent musicianship, their amazing ability to harmonise instantly, their showmanship, their refreshing dance moves. But what they do most powerfully, magically even, is to open your heart – you will without doubt be moved, heartened and exhilarated by their performance.

Carol Donaldson Composer & Musical Director July 2012

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