Afrolutionists Arts & Culture

#ArtisticFridays: Melodies with Mpho Sebina

Lately we have been bombarded with music that is crafted entirely from computer software programs. As enjoyable as this new age music is, many of us crave for that melting pot of acoustic instrumentals and vocals we got from artists like Cesaria E, Mirriam Makeba and Oliver Mtukudzi.

Unfortunately, the youth that carry old souls are not spoiled for choice when it comes to finding music that we can relate to, is current and has that 100% acoustical feel. More over, music we unearth on our own home grounds.

Thankfully, with enough insomnia and YouTube at my disposal i found my musical treasure in Mpho Sebina, a young woman hailing from Botswana with a sweet yet compelling voice that journeys through strings of guitar, glides between sounds of saxophone and dances in between drum beats.  I listened to her cover of South Africa’s kwaito group Boom Shaka infused with Erykah Badhu’s other side of the game’s instrumentals. She skillfully incorporated two kwaito hits into a soul and jazz beat.

In true Afrolutionist fashion, we have searched and found this hidden treasure, and will be conversing with the songbird so you can know the woman behind the melody. Here is her Boom Shaka/Erykah Badhu cover: