“Lead The Way” – Tehn Diamond
I remember tweeting Tehn a while back asking about a follow up to his 2011 classic collaborative effort with Simba Tagz titled L.I.E (Love Is Evol). Apart from the fact that the project was well executed and jam-packed with nostalgic ballads, I really wanted to hear more of Tehn singing. Forgive me for going ahead and saying it, but Tehn proved on that project that he was a far more superior singer than he is a rapper! Now that’s one heck of a bold statement to make considering that Tehn also happens to be one of the nicest MC’s on the mic, period, but his latest single “Lead The Way” justifies my point. In a world where the likes of Drake are now largely being accepted as ‘singing rappers’, I think Tehn has found a lane that works for him and complements his full skill set. “Lead the Way” is a return to a 90’s house party vibe according to Tehn (see tweet below) and no doubt felt that way with Yagi Dojo re-creating the sound to perfection.
I think I’ve said too much already, but have a listen and let me know what you think!
“Do The Most” – Tshego
Cassper Nyovest‘s label, Family Tree added a few new young artists to the roster last year and Tshego has turned out to be one of the most promising talents signed since. The first time I heard him was on Cassper’s Tsholofelo album and he immediately made a good first impression after his feature on “Cold Hearted”. Truth be told though, I haven’t followed him much since but most of the buzz in the streets has been over his features.
He recently dropped a single titled “Tell em Say” featuring Nasty C, Cassper Nyovest & Gemini Major and that’s been doing the rounds on urban radio & in the scene. “Do the most” is the follow-up freestyle to the single and looks set to be a street anthem! The future looks pretty bright for Tshego but only time will tell us how far he can go. Watch the video for “Do the most” freestyle directed by @OwenBands
“Give Thanks” – Tehn Diamond ft. Simba Tagz
It had been a while since I’d heard something from Tehn Diamond but 2016 seems to officially be the roll-out year for his new music. Tehn recently dropped a new single titled “Give Thanks” featuring Simba Tagz which carrries an Alternative Afro-Pop feel and interestingly sounds stripped all the way down. Interesting because all the afro-pop songs I know take absolutely everything but the kitchen sink, often sounding overdone. The producer (likely Tagz), however took the simple route on “Give Thanks” and the result is quite good considering simple is difficult, especially with Afro-pop. It’s not the big hit single getting massive airplay but it certainly adds to a great catalogue. Overall, “Give Thanks” is a great feel good, sing-along track with a positive message to keep us all hustling out there but staying grateful. It’s definitely worth checking out!
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