Johannesburg- Sizwe Andrew Thabethe better known to his fans as Kraizie Isangoma Somculo is back to claim his position in the trap scene. He does that by releasing a radio friendly and upbeat trap single titled ‘Umbuso’ which translates to kingdom.
‘Umbuso’ serves as Kraizie’s way of breaking boundaries and proving that he is more than capable to rule the culture. Released on Friday, 12 March 2021 ‘Úmbuso’ is the award-winner’s fourth single released under Ambitiouz Entertainment. It follows the successful release of his ‘Thilili’ music video featuring Maskandi heavyweight, Imfezi Emnyama.
The trapper hails from a township called Zonkizizwe in Johannesburg, and traps mostly in vernacular. His sound has a little bit of Maskandi and African tradition touch which is what sets him apart from the rest.
The production of the single was an exceptional one as amafahlawane (traditional rattlers used for chanting rhythm in traditional songs) were played and recorded live during a recording session. Different African instruments were also used and infused with trap elements.
Beyond the trap culture, the 29-year-old is deeply rooted in his African traditional ways, thus he embraces the fact that he is a traditional healer. “I am exactly what I portray in my music. I've embraced my destiny, embracing my versatility in so many ways. I don't fake anything. My music is true; my traditional practices are true. I am a true original South African Sangoma,” says Kraizie.
“I've grown to embrace my path and try to awaken other traditional healers to stand and also be proud of their gift and who they are. So, I feel like I'm the new school leader of this wave I am forming.” Kraizie hopes that this song will unlock people’s desire for freedom and uniqueness.
The three-minute song is now available on all digital platforms.
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