Shimza launches Kunye Records with ‘Calling Out Your Name’ EP [Q&A]

South Africa’s electronic scene has long held a reputation for producing some of the most vibrant and eclectic house music in the world. Now, the country’s Afro-tech scene has its newest record label thanks to veteran producer Shimza. The Guatang-born artist has launched Kunye Records, his newly minted imprint dedicated to promoting South Africa’s rich musical heritage. Kunye Records’ first release comes from none other than the label’s founder. Shimza initiates the label with his Calling Out Your Name EP, featuring stark vocals from Mikhaela Faye on the title track as well as remix honors from Kostakis. Dancing Astronaut caught up with Shimza to chat about his new record label, his ambitions for Kunye, and the label’s first EP. Congratulations on the beginning of Kunye Records! How are you feeling now that the imprint is finally launched and what are your long-term goals for the label?You’re marking the occasion with Kunye’s first EP, Calling Out Your Name. What was it about this EP that stood out to you as the choice to the imprint’s first release?The EP’s title track features dramatic vocals from Mikhaela Faye about humanity’s impact on the environment and the globe. Are there any lyrics from “Calling Out Your Name” that particularly resonate with you?You recently performed at Robben Island on Nelson Mandela Day. Can you describe the significance of that performance and what it meant to you?  Can you hint at any artists that you’d like to work with on Kunye? Or can you give us a teaser for any projects in the works on imprint?Featured image: Ryan HingsTags: , , ,
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