True Vibenation break down their favourite Australian artists using Afrobeats
Last week, True Vibenation and JamarzOnMarz shared their collaborative single, ‘Solar’. The single follows on from their much adored previous release, ‘More Than You’ll Ever Know feat. A.GIRL’. The track is a nearly 4 minute holiday, transporting the audience to summertime vibes, soul warming energy and an incredible guest vocal performance from JamarzOnMarz. They incorporate hypnotic percussion with their always signature brass section, combining together to showcase and embrace afro-brazilian rhythms.
Speaking on the creation of ‘Solar’, True Vibenation share, “It’s all about good times, good vibes and enjoying the sunshine! Just quietly it also kinda came out as an undercover anthem for green energy haha. We’ve been vibing on afro-brazilian rhythms ever since we heard them while on tour in Portugal. So the beat started off with that and once we added the horns we knew we were onto something!” Whilst JamarzOnMarz adds “It’s not often you hear four brass players trading bars and licks on a hip hop track. ‘Solar’ is a feel-good banger showcasing the genius of True Vibenation. I’m super, super grateful to the boys for creating an inclusive space in the studio for me.”
To understand the band abit better, we chat to them about their current favourite crop of Australian artists using Afrobeats in their music.
Mike Akox is easily one of our favourite local artists and a pioneer of afrobeats in Australia. At the moment he’s based in Ghana and recently dropped an epic collaboration with Ghanian superstar Stonebwoy.
Ever wondered what an afro version of Lionel Richie’s All Night Long would sound like? Grace Barbe has got you covered! She’s also ARIA nominated and is based in Western Australia. It is a track using sega and seggae rhythms from the Indian Ocean, plus Congolese Soukouss and Seychelles influences.
Osaya has such a smooth style! He’s Canberra based and has been releasing quality tunes for a minute now. With Afro rhythms, smooth vocals and a multi-lingual approach he’s leading the way for local afrobeats artists and is one to watch continue to grow.
Sydney producer Adechoon has been making some noise for a while, and with some very clean and slick production, a new tune with local legend Timomatic and some solid releases under his belt, we’re sure that if this is the first you’re hearing of him, it definitely won’t be the last.
As soon as we heard ‘Locking Eyes’ we became fans of Sydney based, MADAM3EMPRESS… what a jam! She glides seamlessly between Afrobeats, RnB and whatever she sets her sights too, and in this tune the blend of Afro/latino Rhythms and Neo soul chords is basically what we live for.
SK Simeon is Australia’s Dancehall legend, who never fails to get the party cranking when he jumps up to perform. He’s been performing in Melbourne’s dancehall scene for years and has had a steady stream of releases to get you shaking and jumping on the tables, if you ever get the opportunity make sure you catch him perform live!
Words by PARRY TRITSINIOTIS
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