If you were at Ultra South Africa this past weekend, you would have seen Armin Van Buuren bring out Dutch singer Mr Probz as a special guest during his set. The star gave a phenomenal performance of ‘Another You’ followed by a special version of ‘Waves’ – the song that catapulted him into superstar status. This was the first time Mr Probz performed to his South African fans and was astounded to see just how well his music has been received here.
“I always get surprised because this is the other side of the world,” the singer tells us. “The feeling is like being thirsty and diving into the ocean. This is more than I ever asked for. I could never prepare for this. I always saw people on my Facebook telling me I need to come to South Africa and the love that I felt really made me wish I put more into my music here in South Africa.”
The decision to visit South Africa was a spontaneous but one which felt right. After doing some shows with Armin Van Buuren in Holland, Mr Probz heard the DJs plans for his Ultra South Africa show and something made the singer feel like he had to go with. “It was fate,” the singer explains. “From the moment I got here I knew I had to come back and do some performances. I’ve been getting a lot of love and I need to give some of that love back.”
His performances at Ultra South Africa easily became one of the highlights of the festival this year. “The energy was crazy!” the singer says. “I had such a good time on stage and seeing the crowd sing the lyrics back is a moment that I will never forget.”
The star recognizes that South African music is finally making it’s mark on the world and happy that South African music is finally making the world sit up and listen. The star was impressed that someone like Black Coffee had his own stage at the festival. He adds that he has been following Black Coffee’s career closely ever since he saw him live in Ibiza a few years ago. “I’m a big big big fan of Black Coffee,” he says. “I met with him in Amsterdam when he was playing there and I got the opportunity to tell him how impressed I am with what he does. It was the first time I felt that a DJ was playing songs as if we was playing a piano. He plays notes to pull those strings and that’s something I really admire.”
Now that his South African performances are done and dusted, Mr Probz is heading back into the studio to put the finishing touches on his upcoming EP. He has two new singles dropping really soon and promises that this collection of songs will be something different to anything he has released before.
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