Today, singular South African artist Muzi announces his forthcoming studio album uMUZI, due out October 13th via Fool’s Gold Records. Along with the announcement, Muzi has released his new single ‘eMtunzini’, out now.
Following his widely-acclaimed 2021 INTERBLAKTIC, which heralded praise from Zane Lowe, Billboard, Complex, The Fader, and more, uMUZI sees the ‘Zulu Skywalker’ return to Earth, grounded by his memories and the desire to reconnect with his late parents.
Crafted as the soundtrack of his family’s Toyota Cressida, uMUZI is a conflux of the music he heard in the car growing up, the sounds that would later influence his own artistry, and the stories he’d tell if given the chance to take one last family road trip. uMUZI analyzes Muzi’s relationship with his father, who passed away when he was 11, and his own experience with fatherhood and raising his daughter Zeno. For Muzi, this album is about introspection and growth; the ability to reflect on one’s history and use those lessons as motivation towards a brighter future.
Inviting listeners to the first taste of uMUZI, ‘eMtunzini’ is a romantic tale through Muzi’s soulful blend of house and disco. A retelling of his parents’ love story, Muzi smoothly flows between his native Zulu and English as he details their first date in a heartening attempt to celebrate his origins as an aural autobiography. Muzi describes, “‘eMtunzini’ is a reimagining of how my parents met. It’s the beginning of a love story, the beginning of me.” ‘eMtunzini’ is an introduction to the warm, vintage tones listeners can expect on uMUZI. Its arrangement of shiny synths, groovy basslines, and harmoniously layered vocals add a depth and richness reminiscent of ‘80s synth-pop with hints of Muzi’s afro-house inclinations.
The music video sees Muzi stepping into his father’s shoes and assuming the driver’s seat on a journey to the small coastal town of Mtunzini. “In expressing myself, I embodied my father,” he says.
Stream Muzi’s sensational new single ‘eMtunzini’ out now.
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Written by: Alejandro Serrano