Act II, the second EP from Botswana-born, Auckland-based hip hop artist Phodiso is out now
The 5-track release sees Phodiso collaborate with some of the most exciting producers in Aotearoa, including Mueslibeats (BLKCITY, Jodang), Carawei Gao (Venom Dolls, Milky Avenue Studio) and Zaidoon Nasir a.k.a WHO SHOT SCOTT.
‘These Days’ is the third single from Act II. Self-produced in collaboration with Gao, Abraham Kunin (Teeks, Home Brew, the Dalai Lama) and Hugh Okechukwu Ozumba a.k.a Mazbouq, the soulful tune incorporates jazz elements, Afrikan drums, sweet harmonies, and lyrics about never losing sight of your dream amid the mundanity of everyday life. It features Tom Dennison on double bass and Connor Strati on keys.
“The final version of ‘These Days’ is the seventh one,” recounts Phodiso. “It took me reimagining it a few times to get to that one. I recorded the vocals in the first lockdown in my room. I didn't really know I wanted it sounding that Afrikan till I was about to send it off to get mixed and threw in the Afro flavour all at once."
The EP release, and release of ‘These Days’ builds on the epic response to the record’s first single ‘Talk Too Much’, which topped the NZ Alternative chart in its third week and is currently charting in the NZ Hot 20. The accompanying video clip has received over 190k views on YouTube.
The second single ‘War’ is also winning fans with its powerful lyricsm and Afrikan beats, and a mic drop of a music video directed by Connor Pritchard. Released on 14 May 2021 it has received 80k+ views on YouTube so far, a number that continues to climb.
Also featured on Act II is ‘Double Double’, a hopeful reflection on what Phodiso's family, and indigenous peoples more broadly, have lost and "all the goodness returning to us multiplied." ‘Goat Curry’ was released in October 2020 and is a nod to the artist’s homeland, Botswana. A proud celebration of who he is and where he comes from, 'Goat Curry' was produced by Mueslibeats, RL Beats and Ledger Beats and features vocals by Diana Simumpande and Hillary Osei.
“It was a joy watching this collection come together and to play a supporting role in its genesis,"saysAbraham Kunin of the EP. "I'm proud of Phodiso for these fruits of his fervent musical labour. Some tracks have already become crowd favorites in the live set, while others break new ground both musically and lyrically. As a collaborator and fan, I'm excited for Act II to step out into our musical ecosystem."
Act II tracklisting:
1. Talk Too Much
2. Goat Curry
3. Double Double
4. These Days
Born in Gaborone, Botswana, Phodiso began learning Tswana percussion styles through community song and dance ceremonies. His thought-provoking lyricism and experimental artistry scratches the itch of contemporary pop, while honoring his Southern Afrikan hip hop and Afro jazz influences.
Since settling in Aotearoa in 2010, the multi-disciplinary, multilingual artist has developed his creative approach and shared his gift of language and rhythm in a variety of ways, including as a vocalist and percussionist (New Telepathics, Pan Africana, Black Sunday), writing and performing poetry, and the release of his debut EP Act I. The lead single from that record, ‘Running Lines’ put Phodiso on the map, dominating student radio charts for weeks following its release.
Due for release on 28 May, Act II sees him collaborate with some of the most exciting producers in Aotearoa, including Mueslibeats (BLKCITY, Jodang), Carawei Gao (Venom Dolls, Milky Avenue Studio) and Zaidoon Nasir a.k.a WHO SHOT SCOTT.
It's not often that an artist surfaces with a truly unique sound and story. Phodiso is here to present a new narrative.