Maxhoba Mixed at The Cooler

Maxhoba mixed his new cd “Makin’ History” at The Cooler. This is the first video from the album. Nice job Lumko.
Maxhoba describes his sound as Urban Soul and has the voice to back it up. A whole lotta soul in that voice. A whole lotta traditional African and modern influences grace the mix too. It’s a retro-fresh musical gumbo. It’s Maxhoba.

http://www.facebook.com/people/Maxhoba-Maponya/601202694

Local Celebrity Album Wrapped

Local Celebrity (aka Ntsika Seoka, aka Hiphopsosha, aka 2 da Xha) is a potent new talent on the Hip-Hop scene who has just finished recording vocals for and mixing his debut album at The Cooler. With Ntsika’s rap/verbal skills, a host of rock solid beats, Mosese Semenya’s production chops, and a bit of The Cooler touch, this uniquely South African Hip-Hop album is sure to kick a lot of booty when it’s released in January 2011. I believe they also have plans to release a mixtape featuring tracks that can’t be heard on the album. To stay in the loop connect to Ntsika here: http://www.facebook.com/ntsika.seoka

Redhand Plays Natal Festivals

Redhand hit the road big time last month playing both the White Mountain Folk Festival and the Durban International Blues Festival within about a week of each other (with two Jozi gigs in between). First was The White Mountain Folk Festival which is a wonderfully intimate, family-friendly event set in the beautiful central Drakensburg. We arrived on Sept. 23 and enjoyed checking out some comedians and musicians while fortifying ourselves with the excellent food and drink on offer. Later that night we played an extended set for an appreciative crowd then headed to the pub to mingle with fans new and old. It was a great night and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2011.
Actually we saw some of you eight days later at the Durban International Blues Festival. It was a thrill to play an event with the word “International” in it’s name and the event did indeed feature international artists Liz Mandeville and Fiona Boyes who both have impressive resumes. Not that we haven’t done international gigs before, puh-lease! We have in fact played for the King of Lesotho (da da-da DAH) in Lesotho and…no, that’s it.
Redhand have been recharging in Joburg for just over a week now and we’re looking forward to some gigs closer to home this month. Thanks for a great time, Natal.

DJ Qness Records Vocals at The Cooler

L-R Singer Maleh, DJ Qness and Liswa

DJ Qness dropped by recently to record vocals for a new track he’s working on. I often do this for house and hip hop artists who know that a great vocal recording adds heaps of production value to their projects for relatively little cost. These artists take all the time they need to perfect their beats and rehearse before coming to The Cooler to take their tracks to the next level.

Cooler Afro Soul

L-R Co-Producers Xolani Thabethe and Bafana Nkosi, Noxolo Hlatshwayo and Thabo Mpowa

Sheer Sound artist Noxolo Hlatshwayo has recorded three songs for her soon-to-be-released debut album at The Cooler. Production of the project lay in the capable hands of Bafana Nkosi and Xolani Thabethe who did an excellent job building the tracks using a combination of programmed and live elements. Add Noxolo’s beatiful voice and a generous helping of Cooler magic to the mix and the result is a rich, Afro Soul sound that I expect will be all over the South African airwaves this summer. Best of luck to you Noxolo.