16 Apr 2020by Jarrad Treger
Catching Up with Blanka Mazimela
Following the release of his latest EP “Ziduli Zetafa” on Get Physical Music, we chatted with producer Blanka Mazimela to find out more about the music and how he is staying inspired in quarantine.
You can have any 3 artists in the studio with you for an hour. Who are they?
BM: Zonke, Bongeziwe Mabandla & Ayanda Ntanzi
Tell us about your latest EP “Ziduli Zetafa”; what were the core inspirations that informed the music?
BM: My latest EP is about all the things I’ve wanted to do musically. I’ve featured artists who I’ve worked with for some time now. One of them is Kopoy Zukar; a favorite upcoming artist of mine to look out for. The vocalists featured on the songs are very talented and they made putting this EP together a breeze. I was inspired even more after hearing the writing that went into the project. More than anything, this EP was written out of frustration and I guess the more I get frustrated the more I write music.
Who are you listening to at the moment and why?
BM: Dumi Mkokstad, Sbu Noah & Ayanda Ntanzi. I’m actually looking at this project that I would love to do and vocally they are doing it.
In light of our current situation, this question may be a bit too close to home.. It’s the end of the world. Everything is being destroyed. You have the power to save one record and send it off to space to be preserved for all time. Which one will it be?
BM: Dennis Ferrer & Jerome Syndeham – Timbuktu (Pan African Dub)
During periods like this lockdown when artists are unable to perform, what would your advise be to stay motivated and creative?
BM: Making music can be very straining. During this time I’d tell artists to tap into their spiritual element. Also take everything in around you. Writing music really needs to come from a real place. Between the stillness of the world there’s music. Never force creativity.
You can listen to and download “Ziduli Zetafa” HERE.
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