Off the record with Black Motion
Black Motion have cemented themselves as one of the biggest dance acts in South Africa. The group’s current single Imali is one of their biggest hits to date and resulted in their new album Ya Badimo selling 15 000 copies and going gold in just six weeks.
This week, we chat to the duo about their new album, working with Bucie on her hit single Rejoice and why they think dance music is so popular in South Africa.
Your new album Ya Badimo is a massive hit. How is it different from the previous albums you’ve released?
The album is based on what we have experienced throughout our lives so far, as well as what we have learned throughout our travelling around Africa. The alum has an African theme from start to finish and that’s why we decided to name it Ya Badimo.
The album went gold just six weeks after release. Why do you think South Africans identify with your music?
We think that the fans see the hard work that we put into the album both performance – and production wise and it’s made them really appreciate the work we create
How did Black Motion come to life?
The two of us first met back in 2010 in Soshanguve and hit it off. We started messing around in the studio and making music together and as the say, the rest of history
Dance music in South Africa is incredibly popular. Why do you think the genre speaks to so many people around the country?
House music comes from the streets of the township and has deep roots within our culture. We believe that music speaks more to the body and soul and even more so through dance, which is why so many people listen to that genre of music
What advice do you have for up-and-coming producers around the country?
If there’s one piece of advice we could give anyone it’s don’t try and copy anyone else. Always stay true to your music
What do the next few months hold for the act?
We’re working on a lot more local and international shows as we continue to promote the record
The duo have recently partnered with Ballantine’s whisky and of the new partnership, the group says, ”the music leads first. It’s not about celebrity, when the sound changes, we don’t follow. We keep on doing our music our way and pushing it. We want to be taken seriously as artists, and staying true to our sound and our art is key to that.”
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