Nando’s has joined up with Bridges For Music, a non-profit organisation empowering communities and individuals through creative education and the power of music, for the release of ‘Mix It Up Vol. 2’, a four-track EP bringing together UK and South African artists for unique amapiano collaborations.
Following on from its debut edition last year, this year’s Mix It Up project was once again overseen by globe-conquering amapiano duo Major League DJz, whose expertise helped direct to cross-continental release, which is out now via BFM Records.
It features UK artists K-Trap, Kojey Radical, Lost Girl and Niko B and South African producers LuuDaDeejay, Dinho, Mathandos, MFR Souls, and vocalist Makhanj to to display a unique blend of musical aesthetics, sonic styles and cultural inspiration. Rhythmic, soul-stirring amapiano production blends with the styling of UK rap, drill, R&B and hip hop lyricism.
Recorded across Nando’s Flame Studios in South Africa and London studio in Soho, the creativity of the EP was fuelled by a trip across South Africa for each of the featured artists, allowing the UK contributors to learn about the culture that birthed amapiano, enabling them to understand the music authentically when bringing their own style to the sound.
Last year ‘Mix It Up Vol. 1’ saw BERWYN, Bru-C, Mira May and M1llionz featuring, also in aid of Bridges For Music, which empowers young creatives from struggling or under-funded communities in South Africa through programmes that focus on creative entrepreneurship, general wellbeing and music.
The project celebrates South Africa’s peerless dance music scene and Nando’s commitment to the arts, championing the diverse skill and talent of South African musical creatives and helping their international growth to inspire a lasting connection between music in the UK and South Africa.
We’re also teaming up with Nando’s for a special launch party on August 2 with Major League DJz, with ‘piano and PERi-PERi on the agenda. Sign up for guestlist here.
‘Mix It Up Vol. 2’ is out now. Listen here and check out the artist and tracklist below.
‘Double Tap’ – K-Trap, Mathandos
‘Sacrifice’ – MFR Souls, Kojey Radical, Chrissy Day
‘Deh Deh’ – Lost Girl, LuuDaDeejay, Makhanj
‘Vintage Golf’ – Niko B, Dinho, Makhanj
Tiffanie Ibe is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow her on Instagram
Written by: Tim Hopkins