The video for Mr JazziQ’s latest single “Woza” drops today, 27th August and is dedicated to the late Amapiano stars, Mpura and Killer Kau.
“We have lost two of our brothers. Mpura and Killer Kau were important members of our community and both had such bright futures ahead of them. I am dedicating the ‘Woza’ video to them in memory of their artistry in contributing to make Amapiano South Africa’s most beloved genre.”
said Mr JazziQ
Mr JazziQ was close to both Mpura and Killer Kau, with Mpura featuring on the ‘Woza’ track, along with Lady Du, Kabza De Small, and Boohle.
Directed by Lenzo Dlamini, the video for ‘Woza’ is now a poignant piece of filmmaking that is set in a fictional photographer’s studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. With Mr JazziQ overseeing the action in the role of a photographer and Mpura playing his assistant, the video provides a compelling setting for the spirit of collaboration that has been a hallmark of Amapiano since its beginning.
Stepping into the photographer’s studio spotlight first, Lady Du effortlessly lays claim to her growing status as one of Amapiano’s most gifted songwriters and singers, cemented through her own hugely popular tracks like ‘Dakiwe’ and ‘Catalia‘. Lady Du is also featured on ‘Umsebenzi Wethu‘ by Busta 929, Mpura Mr JazziQ, Reece Madlisa, and Zuma.
Alongside Lady Du, the vocals on ‘Woza‘ come from versatile singer Boohle whose soulful voice add a beautiful layering to the song. And with Kabza De Small also making an appearance, ‘Woza‘ is an emotional tribute to Mpura and Killer Kau and the whole Amapiano community.
‘Woza‘ is featured on the recently released ‘Party with the English’ – an album packed with Mr JazziQ’s signature tracks, featuring great vocal collaborators on top of raw, exuberant and imminently danceable music. The track has gained over 3 million streams alone to date.
It’s the latest release from Alexandra-born artist (real name Tumelo Manyoni) who is continuing to pioneer Amapiano as a defiantly original sound – one that draws on deep house, jazz, and lounge music while also tracking a thread from 90s kwaito to deliver airy, percussive electronic music that is easily jumping borders.