South African-based vocalist and songwriter NOSIHE is set to release her latest music in the form of an EP titled Emotions Live EP. The EP will be available on Itunes from 28 May 2021. This project, recorded live at the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, sees NOSIHE explore the emotions one experiences in life, love and relationships. The project is released as a five-track EP accompanied by a concert film, recorded on the day the EP was filmed and recorded.
Backed by her trusted band consisting of bass guitarist Freeman Gumede, drummer Lesedi Tlholoe, pianist Sanele Phakathi and trumpet player Thabo Sikhakhane, the vocalist bravely delivers a new yet nostalgic project that pays homage to the art of live music and African jazz at a time when technology continues to overwhelm the raw authenticity that can always be experienced from the beauty of live music. “We’re in a world where everything is curated and should be in its perfect and finished form. I want to bring people along the messy road because that is life. At the moment, my music is not in any genre, (so) I want people to get an opportunity to listen to it unedited and grow with me as my sound evolves and grows too”, says NOSIHE. Emotions is the official follow-up to her experimental, unplugged Motions Mixtape project, released in 2020.
As a musician who finds herself at the intersection of soul, jazz, blues and even pop music, the Emotions Live EP represents a project and journey that sees NOSIHE coming into her own as an emerging African musician with global ambitions. Creatively inspired by visual artist Dr Ester Mahlangu – who NOSIHE beautifully reinterprets on the albums cover art – like the trailblazing Dr Mahlangu, the project represents a moment in time when she chose to let go of stereotypes and limiting boxes and simply chose to focus on making music for her audience and her peace of mind. Musically, the project draws from iconic live albums such as Letha Mbulu & Caiphus Semenya (Live), Mariam Makeba (Live at Bern’s Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden), Erykah Badu’s Live and the classic Busi Mhlongo & Jabu Khanyile Live at the Market Theatre.