Download New Album: Anatii – Iyeza
Anatii comes through with a brand new smashing hot and dope studio album, packed with 10 amazing and solid tracks entitled “Iyeza“. Anatii caused a major traffic jam on the Twitter streets on Friday morning when he dropped his new album Iyeza to rave reviews from fans.
The musician revealed the album is the result of a deep personal journey to find himself and his spirituality.
Dude even visited Durban, the Eastern Cape and LA for inspiration before laying it down.
“I am not making music for anyone but myself. It is a therapeutic process. I felt that this is what helped me get through those darkest times,” he said at the album’s release.
The album contains percussion, chants, guitars, bass lines and melodies associated with an array of sounds. There are elements of everything from gospel, maskandi and mbhaqanga to hints of Afropop and hip-hop. Anatii follows the path taken by South African artist such as Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, Sjava, Mlindo The Vocalist and Bongeziwe Mabandla in fusing elements of traditional South African music with newer sounds.
The album-opener “Wena” is a dreamy wedding song that encapsulates the sense of romance, praise and culture Iyeza explores. On “Ehlathini,” the artist is clearly in his musical pocket. With the refrain “we suffer through the weekdays,” the track compares the struggles of Joburg to the solace of nature. From those hardships, Anatii aims to transport us to a place more serene. What makes this album so appealing is his invitation to us to actively go with him, rather than stumble upon the destination. He literally asks “usa hamba nami?” on “U Sangthanda Na?” where he channels the voice of the late Ray Phiri. On the standout “Ndaweni,” which is reminiscent of the maskandi duo Shwi NoMntekhala, he talks about being recognized wherever he goes.
The songs on Iyeza range from romantic to longing, but more immediately, fuse Anatii’s hip-hop background with diverse sounds. It’s this duality that makes this album such a wholesome listen, with the switches in mood combining for a replenishing experience. This is the kind of song(s) you wouldn’t want to miss on your playlist.
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