The Colour Blocking of December – Let the cacophony begin!!!!
So, we can attribute the Hurricane Sandy like fad of colour blocking that has swept across pop culture to the radical youth of Britain in the 1960’s. It’s been said that so gatvol were these lads and lasses of the stale pastel colours that had dominated the 50’s that they decided ba no, enough is enough and started mixing up their colours, sewing on different colours in mostly geometrical shapes and with different pastels on the same garment, as a statement that we are of a different generation. We are individuals and we will be treated as such.
As with all things retro, the fad made a come back and I think it was the summer of 2010 when South Africans jumped onto the band wagon and metropolitan cities burst into a kaleidoscope of colours. It was really refreshing seeing the likes of Siya Ngwekazi and abo Mome no Choc, waltzing around Melville looking like clowns sans the make-up. High fashion was not left behind; you had your Queen B’s and Uyanda Mbuli’s looking pristine and picture perfect in a ribbon of colour. Those were beautiful days, absolutely refreshing. The craze has finally trickled down to my beloved Eastern Cape shem. I over heard a girl the other day saying that if you are not colour blocking this summer then ungum’ka nja (Don’t judge we’re still being introduced to Meek Mills “Amen” this side)
With all this happening, we really need to attribute colour blocking to nature. Nature has been doing this thing since the beginning of time. Every year, after the bland dreary 50’s of winter, nature will revolt, into the fiery, crispness of the 60’s summer. Tree’s find their greens, roses find their red, peaches find their orange and the skies find their blue…I don’t know why it is but this burst of colour for some reason makes us all go mad. DJ Sbu (to the best of his ability) starts screaming “ke DEZEMBA boss!!!”, boyfriends dump their girlfriends, girlfriends hook up with their ex-boyfriend’s best friends, credit cards get maxed out and damn it, does the music sound so good!
And it is this music that I would like to touch on a little bit. The summer months have always provided us with the best of music. It’s a time when all the juniours leave the field so the big boys can play. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t advise any new comers, unless you’re L’Vovo Derango and you’re releasing Bayang’sukela, to even dream of being active at that time. The noise being made by the big boys is too much, you’ll drown in the colour and cacophony being caused at the time. Big budgets go into selling albums and artists at this time so you have to have some weight behind you to be able to compete.
This year, albeit the start of the December cacophony being a bit slow, we have seen some colour coming from a couple of artists. Vetkoek and Mahoota have come out the blocks running. Their Earth, Wind and Fire triple disc has hits for days and it’s becoming rather difficult to go out on a weekend without hearing one their Uhuru produced hits. They are going to be busier than Tall Ass Mo trying to teach Mome to drive this festive. One other person who has really put his hand in the air is Durban’s head mafiaso, Tira. 4000 has had people spending ridiculous amounts of money just so they sing along to umjita, that song is the return of Drake’s “YOLO” I tell you. Ofcourse he’s loaded the album with other heat seekers like Summertime and James.
I’ve been expecting a lot from guys like DJ Sbu and Cleo but as of yet, they haven’t added anything solid to hue’s of this festive season. Sure we’ve had Qina and that song with Emeli Sanders from the no.1 Knox Man but nothing at the proportions of “Remember When It Rained”. The less said about DJ Cleo’s attempt at electro the better.
Quite surprisingly, Hip Hop has stepped up this year to compete with the traditionally Kwaito and House dominated festive vibe. AKA’s Jealousy should make him relevant till January and the DJ’s have put their hand up as well. Great work is being put in by the likes of Dimplez and Switch. So the bad bhabha’s wont have to act all “ghetto” to have a good time at the clubs.
Gosh, this is gonna be a colourful summer, you have your Moneoa’s for the chilled out park vibes, international guys like Ralf Gum are playing in our space with songs like Take Me To My Love, you have your Lulo Café’s, Kent’s, Liquid Deep all set to release soon. Let’s prepare ourselves for the musical colour blocking of the festive season to begin – let the cacophony play!
By Buck Matyila
** Buck Matyila is the host of Trufm’s drive time show, Homestretch.