If you are a house music fan, then you have most definitely heard of Zagro Deejays, famously known as ‘Drum Djs’. Infact, they are probably on your favourite list of house djs in the country. But for those that haven’t had the extreme pleasure of listening to Zagro Deejays’ music, this is your chance to do that. The award winning duo comprises of Siyabonga “Deejay Skizo” Chefa and the drum boy Nthethe “Dj Allegro” Sekoli.
Their music is soulful, really pleasant and easy listening with a great deal of drum beats. This duo of young men continues to grace stages and wow Lesotho audiences with their superior act. Their fresh out of the box offering Unison has an array of flavours that will keep you interested and intrigued for the entire length of the album. The smooth touch of Retselisitsoe “Sicknature” Montsi on this project solidifies Unison as the best dance album.
Unison tells a story; an interesting and diverse story. A story of two men making a difference in the world of house music in Lesotho and they are having a blast at it… The album is impressive and includes dazzling collaborations, from award nominated to award winning artists. The albums starts with an piano version of Malesehlana feat Lala which leaves you gasping for air and entire body in goose bumps and all thanks to Lala’s powerful vocals. Amazing vocalists have been summoned on this project; singer songwriter Nel Rivers, amazing Lala, sensational Mapule, Tumelo, Dionne Song based in Midrand Johannesburg, Tsoamathe, Botswana based Sadi , Nde and the hip-hop stars L Tore and Nirex and Durban-based Lizwi Mbatha. A paramount album featuring 12 extremely crafted and orchestrated Afro-house, very eclectic and soulful.
The lead single, Your groove featuring Tsoamathe, has made airplay waves and saw the duo being nominated for the Ultimate Music Awards, in the Best collaboration category as well as Best dance album.
This richly textured album has songs that scratch a very particular emotional itch in ways that are very satisfying to both the ear and heart; it is zippy, downcast yet fleet of foot. With its highly percussive drumbeats, smooth pianos warm chords, borrowed from soul and jazz, you are definitely going to have a beautiful ride. The album fuses both the original tribal sounds and then goes on to combine the soulful house with an African twist and characterized by a more sophisticated vocal-led style.
Tracks to look out for on the album; Ha le phirimile, Our summer, Without Joy.
Unison is anything that addresses time, signature keys or the musicians’ technical ability at length… Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy, best buy of 2017/2018.
photo credits: Napo Thahane