video premiere: muzi’s “questions” with no easy answers

December 4, 2018
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Many people have called Afrovision, the album that AFROPUNK Joburg performer Muzi dropped earlier this year, an “instant classic” — and with good reason. The Empangeni, Kwazulu-Natal-raised producer and vocalist has made a record that incorporates South Africa’s many rich music traditions (from Zulu choral melodies and kwaito, to bubblegum and cosmopolitan house) and Africa’s hottest contemporary sound (Afrobeats and hip-hop), without falling into the trappings of “genre.” Or even location — since it’s both an SA record that, in Muzi words, “feels like the sun, feels like home,” and a local record that fits globally. Hence the love that it’s gotten from the likes of Stormzy and Black Coffee.

“Questions,” which also features the young SA up’n’comer Tiro, is Afrovision‘s modern soul moment, pondering the value and direction of relationships. On it’s own, the song sounds like a set of questions inside a budding romance; and its video — co-directed by Muzi and Stephan Hambsch — opens as such. But as we follow the artist running through Johannesburg, other relationships also come to light: a person’s relationship to the environment and with oneself. These are questions with no easy answers — and point to another, wonderfully open-ended value in Muzi’s music: inquisitiveness.

Go see Muzi at AFROPUNK Joburg, and listen to the great Afrovision, wherever you stream music.