Native Rhythms Productions is home to The Soil, Cama Gwini, Sol Phenduka, Pu2ma, Zuluboy, Zakwe… The list continues with artists who embrace their own African culture, tradition, and ethnicity through their music. One thing this Black-owned record label and publishing company is best known for is providing the public with Afro-centric sounds consistently over the years. One way we know how they’ve managed to stay true to their name ‘Native Rhythms’ is by introducing new, fresh talent from all over the African continent.

Their recent Pan-African Nights held at the Universal Music Group venue proves just why we will continue to fall in love with whoever Native Rhythms brings to stage. The event was headlined by two female artists; Eme from Nigeria and Isabel Novella from Mozambique.

To open for the headlining acts was Ubuhlebendalo Mda, who is one-third of the music group The Soil. She performed with a band and back-up singers giving obvious light that she has been preparing to hit big stages as a solo act. Her performance included music from her upcoming album. Unfortunately, we cannot give any more details about it other than ‘it’s coming soon.’ Release Date? Well… Title? Umm… However, with so little to tell the public, there is a song we think all women will absolutely love. The song is dedicated to all women. It salutes women. On the song Buhle sing “I salute you Mfazi (woman)”… We hope that is clue enough on what to expect on her upcoming album.

Africa Day saw Constitution Hill light up with African stars from all walks of this beautiful continent at Bassline Fest. On the line up was Ubuhlebendalo Mda (South Africa), Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Blinky Bill (Kenya), Dobet Gnahore (Ivory Coast), Lindigo (Reunion Island) and our favourite Kommanda Obbs.

We can’t wait to enjoy more of the African sounds and artists discovered by Native Rhythms, and of-course we cannot wait for Ubuhlebendalo Mda’s album. The suspense is killing us.


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