Songø is a Pan-African and European four-piece ensemble that has fast been making waves on the French tour circuit. The group is fronted by Eastern Cape-born and UK-based Sisanda Myataza who sings and raps in Xhosa, English, and French, and is backed by band members Burkina Faso-born Petit Piment and French Yoann Minkoff and Mael Loeiz Danion who collectively have performed with some of France’s most established Reggae and electronic outfits.
Songø’s new single TSIBIRI is an upbeat Amapiano track sung in Xhosa.
The track cleverly combines organic and electronic instruments: layers of keyboards and samples bring a spooky cinematographic atmosphere while the bongos alongside the kick drum and a very percussive bassline.
“Tsibiri is a game that we used to play as kids, it’s accompanied by a little dance as you sing and then you swap partners and so on,”
recalls Sisanda who grew up in Umthatha.
“I wanted to use the fun element of childhood games to create something that everyone across the globe could sing along to.”
Songø has been brewing their own eclectic sounds inspired by their respective home countries; fusing Afropop, House, Traditional, French, Amapiano, and experimental sounds with a dash of Ngoni and sprinkling of the theremin, which all emerge as a truly unique sound and riveting live performances.
Songø was invited to debut in France at Transmusicales Festival and the Arte Concert with KEXP. The Festival is known as Europe’s most important platform for breaking new artists. Having significantly boosted the popularity of the likes of Nirvana, Daft Punk, The Fugees, Amadou & Mariam, and our own Nakhane Toure in Europe and beyond.