US-based Zim artiste drops EP

HARARE - Los Angeles-based Zimbabwean music producer Tinashe “T-Collar” Sibanda (23), who collaborates with different singers under the artiste name Bantu, has bounced back with a six-track EP titled “Complicated.”

The new offering by the Harare-born artiste, who was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category early this year, is a follow-up to his red-hot debut single ‘Holiday’ released late last year.

Bantu has described the just-released EP as “upbeat, fun, African-inspired and rhythmic.”

“The sound is very much a fusion of the drums and sounds I grew up listening to in Zimbabwe and the pop music I love. I produced all the songs which was fun… getting to carve out the sound and push everything sonically is something I love doing,” the 23-year old artiste told the Daily News from his base in Los Angeles.

On the new project, Bantu collaborated with several song writers, vocalists and producers.

“I wrote all the songs on the EP with some amazing talented songwriters-Shungudzo, Soaky Siren and Johnny Yukon.

“I produced a couple of the songs with my friends, Faux Delorean (two producers from Sweden) and my best friend, (Zimbabwe-born) Pip Kembo. The guys are more like family to me,” he said.

In addition to the lead single “Complicated,” the EP also includes “Visa,” “Attention,” “Juice,”  “Talk” and my favourite track “Roll With Me” which is accompanied by a classy video awash with enthralling scenes captured in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The Zimbabwe-born musician-cum-producer has identified the title track as his favourite.

“Complicated is probably my favorite song on the EP. It is about trying to keep a relationship simple, but somehow things always ending up getting complicated.

“In this song, I am the one being emotional, which is not usually what is portrayed. It is usually the girl who is made out to be the one who has issues. I love doing that, telling the story from a different gender perspective than is usually shown.

“The song is cheeky, playful, and flirty. We somehow tackle a really serious topic and still keep things light and fun,” Bantu said.

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