UMLE – SHE BEEN QUEEN
OUT 15 OCTOBER 2021
The witty play on words on this track’s title is synonymous with how this duo plays in and out of the studio.
If you’ve never been to a shebeen, let alone one in Gqeberha, formerly known as Port Elizabeth, how this song opens and ends, gives one an intimate look into the rich musical history of Gqeberha and the sonic that keeps the city moving.
The pair describes the song as a celebration and a relaxation of sorts. This is how people who work hard enjoy their time, through a sip of something nice. And in a communal effort. This is seeing a beautiful muntuza at the local shebeen, yet through your drunken tirade you want to make sense of your surroundings. It’s a feel-good track about having a conversation with a beautiful person, eyeing each other and seeking love. Pushing people in the circle to have the last dance.
It is their third offering from their upcoming 7-tracked EP, Abantwana Belanga produced by Nduduzo Makhathini, Tino Dambaneuanga playing on drums, Spanish Fly on bass, Nosipho Twani and Cwaita Rula on backing vocals.
Folk duo from Port Elizabeth, Umle have termed their music as is today, responding to current social issues fusing Xhosa and English lyrics delivered in comedic undertones.
They have performed at the Oppikoppi festival, received a Standing Ovation Award at The National Arts Festival in 2015 and have featured in SABC 1’S series, “Mikasi Sukasi” in 2015, “Sister’s With Soul” in 2016, Vuzu’s Forever Young and Channel O in 2016. They were also featured on Msaki’s debut album, Zaneliza: How The Water Moves.
Umle have released three singles from their upcoming EP, Abantwana Belanga.
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