Freshlyground: A South African "musical meal" of rich flavor

Freshlyground, South African band

Freshlyground is a South African Afro-fusion band that formed in Cape Town in 2002. The band members variously hail from South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Their musical style blends elements of traditional South African music (such as kwela and African folk music), blues, jazz, and features of indie rock.

The South African band is one of my favorite. I like their diversity, and this adds to a rich flavor of music. They became more popular worldwide, after they did a collaboration with Shakira, "Waka Waka," for the World Cup

It seems when they come together as a band, they have a lot of fun. They have been around for about a decade, and always come up with creative, entertaining, thought-provoking, educational and inspirational music.

The band also has a sense of humor. I for one, cannot live without a laugh. The video below satirizes the government of Zimbabwe, in a humorous way. The governance of Zimbabwe has been extremely incompetent, and there is a need for change. "Chicken to Change" is very creative.

Chicken to Change: comments:

"The magic lies in a band featuring excellent players, who together write and record material that's impossible not to embrace, and then perform it live with the kind of energy that makes for lifelong memories."

Macheri is one of my favorite songs by the band. It is a "musical meal" of fresh African sounds.


Here are the members of the talented South African band:

1. Zolani Mahola – Lead vocals

2. Simon Attwell – Flute, Mbira, Harmonica

3. Peter Cohen – Drums

4. Kyla Rose Smith – Violin, Vocals

5. Julio “Gugs” Sigauque – Acoustic Guitar

6. Josh Hawks – Bass Guitar, Vocals

7. Aron Turest-Swartz – Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals

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Freshlyground by Marlon Katsigazi on Grooveshark