MELO-T Drops Amapiano And Afrohouse Project FOR THE CULTURE 2

“Inspired by the different afro-influenced music hubs thriving around the world. This series is all about shedding light on and highlighting African club culture, and while the first installment focused on the afrocentric sounds of Brazil, ‘For The Culture 2’ is an ode to the sounds of Southern Africa where I come from, especially amapiano and afrohouse”.
10 July 2021

By JJ Disco

Zimbabwean-born Canadian producer, DJ and musician MELO-T is back with the follow-up to his previous and first project For The Culture, released last summer and aimed at highlighting Afro-influenced music.

For The Culture 2 aims to highlight African club culture and dance music from Southern Africa. For this reason, the artist has elaborated 5 tracks on this new EP where he pays tribute to the amapiano sound that emerges from South Africa and which constitutes a mix of deep house, jazz and lounge music characterized by synths, airy pads and wide and percussive basslines.

And indeed we find all these elements on his different tracks, be it bass and kick drum on Knock The Drum, techno and electro sounds on We Outside, deep soul on A Piano Story, or piano-driven vibes on Yanos.

Concerning the inspiration for this project, MELO-T said that he was “inspired by the different afro-influenced music hubs thriving around the world. This series is all about shedding light on and highlighting African club culture, and while the first installment focused on the afrocentric sounds of Brazil, ‘For The Culture 2’ is an ode to the sounds of Southern Africa where I come from, especially amapiano and afrohouse”.

According to the Zimbabwean native, “Several afro-based or afro-influenced music genres have shaped the way the world listens to music today, but they’re often overlooked, I’m just trying to give these communities their flowers and accolades”.

Music was a big part of MELO-T’s childhood, whether it was the sounds of Ngoma drums, Marimba percussion or afropop music he heard on the radio. And there’s also Black Coffee, a South African house music legend, as well as Zimbabwean Afro-jazz icon Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, from whom he draws a lot of inspiration. 

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