The Mixtape Vol. 156

That Boi and Mr Eskay host the Sbali Soul Sessions, a radio show with a passion for alternative soul sounds

Sbali Soul Sessions is a pair of creative individuals, That Boi and Mr Eskay, with a common appreciation for music and host a radio show that explores a variety of genres. The music authorities discuss trends, sounds and influences, with a music catalogue that's forever exploring what they describe as the “future music” genre. 

"Our hearts strings are tugged mostly by boom-bap but we easily find ourselves exploring electronic sub genres of hip-hop, RnB, nuDisco and house. Soul music is the foundation of our taste though, and there’s always elements of it in everything we listen to and play."

Push play on their mix and find out more about Sbali Soul Sessions after the jump. 

What did you grow up listening to and what are you into nowadays?

Growing up in an age where there was limited internet infrastructure to allow easy exploration of music across genres, we listened to whatever major labels made popular at the time. From the wave of Kwaito in the late 90s to the strength of mainstream hip-hop in the early to mid 2000s. Nowadays, with the internet accessible from cellphones, we’ve been exposed to the type of music that truly resonates with who we are, Sbali Soul Sessions. Artists like, 9th Wonder, Phonte, Sango, The Code, Galimatias, Jay Em (RSA), Daev Martian (RSA) and Zach Farache have pushed boundaries in their respective genres, their fearless creativity influencing our large musical palette and who are definitely part and parcel of who we’re listening to lately.

What’s your favourite club to party at?

We really enjoy going to And Club (Carfax) for its fantastic sound system, but we mostly hang out at smaller venues where the music is as good as the food and company.

Who are your favourite artists to collaborate with?

We haven’t had the chance to collaborate with any artists in either a radio show capacity or on our productions. If the opportunity availed itself, we’d love to work with artists such as Daev Martin, Jay Em and Esta as guests on our show as well as in a production environment. As African artists displaying an international standard skill set we’d be keen on hearing the stories that led to recent successes as well as shining a spotlight on local artists doing the most.

Tell us about this mix you’ve made for The Way of Us.

We’ve chosen some alternative fast paced tracks in the mix although there are some periods that slow down slightly. We’ve also included some Kwaito and hip-hop elements as well.

Where can we watch you play and keep up with all the things you’re doing?

We’re currently the hosts of a music show on a California based radio show, Icon Radio, where we broadcast once a week on Friday at 20h00 CAT. We’re in the process of collaborating with a Northcliff based vinyl store where we’d have a 2-hour showcase of store music blended with our catalogue of music fortnightly.

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