Themba pushes the futuristic frontiers of African dance music

THEMBA may be a new name for many, but the talented South African DJ/Producer has experienced a meteoric rise over the past few years, playing the world’s biggest venues such as Hï Ibiza, Zouk Las Vegas and Blue Marlin in Ibiza. .

Currently in the middle of his own residence in Ibiza, Colors at Club Chinois in Ibiza, we caught up with him this week and he told us about a playlist featuring his top ten African tracks, coinciding with his release of the Heritage EP featuring Zombie feat Fela. Kuti & Afrika 70, which was released on September 2 via Armada Music.



We asked Temba about the selection of music he put together for us below and he told us:

“These songs, I think, define the strong roots of Africa and what it means to be African musically, but also push the futuristic boundaries of where Africa is headed.”

Listen to Themba’s playlist below and read what he had to say about each track he chose.

Temba featuring Takzin – Sound Of Freedom

This is one of my recordings from my debut album Modern Africa. Freedom is what we are fighting for in Africa, but in today’s conditions it is about fighting for mental freedom; I think music is the best weapon to express it.

Musician Sun-EL featuring. Azana – Uhuru (Official Audio)

Sun-EL is an amazing producer from South Africa and he did a great job on this record. Uhuru means freedom or independence, and this leads to the fact that in Africa it is not yet Uhuru!

Angelique Kidjo – Agolo (Blanka Mazimela Club Edit)

Living legend Angelique Kidjo ordered some remixes of her classic Agolo and Blanca Mazimela came to the party and smashed the remix. Take away the vocals and the music becomes what I consider African techno. Great performance of the remix from all angles.

Laku Mizik and Joseph Ray – Kite Zo Ah

Amazing use of drums and percussion. It’s one of those records that I’m jealous of not making. Perfect afro singing!

TekniQ – Sons of Africa

Probably one of my favorite entries this year! The song pays homage to some of Africa’s most famous countries and places.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ayikh ‘Indaw’ Enjengekaya (Henrik Schwarz Rework)

Grammy winning South African band remixed by Henrik Schwarz. There are only a few records that I have listened to over and over again this year and admired the performance of the entire track.

Pablo Fierro – Tembo

This recording was made by my fellow DJ/producer Pablo, I went nuts when I first heard it and it’s been in my record box ever since! I love using afro sounds and beats and the vocals make this record EPIC!

Maz, Lueji Luna – Banho de Folhas (Maz Remix)

Not an African record per se, but this album is a perfect example of where I would like Africa to go. The sounds are nostalgic but still very relevant today.

Paul Simon – Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

I recently edited this for my DJ sets, which will hopefully be ready for official release soon, but this record speaks to the power of unity between Africa and the rest of the world, and I’m trying to create that spirit. translate into your music.

Themba and FNX Omar feat. Syon – Fragile

The power of cooperation; A South African, a Moroccan and a Briton come together to revive the spirit of Sting in a unique way. It was one of those albums that was amazing musically for me growing up and being able to reimagine it in 2022 was a dream come true.

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