Spending a decade at the top of your game in any industry is difficult but it seems that the entertainment industry is a particularly tough one to crack. Local crooners, Mi Casa, however, have managed this with ease. Ever since they made their mark on the local music space with their debut single ‘These Streets’, they have been building a strong connection with their fans through their unique approach to African house music. Now, a decade since that song was released, the group is back with their fifth studio album ‘We Made It’.
2020 is a significant year for Mi Casa, not only did they sign an international record with Afroforce1 Records and Universal Music, they also embarked on a new era as they released their comeback single ‘Church Bells’. Released alongside a powerful video of a space-inspired traditional African wedding, the single immediately topped SA’s most played charts and firmly reminded audiences Mi Casa are leaders in their arena.
The new album, aptly titled, ‘We Made It’ makes J’Something beam with happiness and speak about it as if it’s his newborn child. We are completely re-energised with this record. It feels like we have emerged on another planet compared to where we were before we started the recording process”, he states. The band, with close musical companions such as producers Jay Em, spent 3 months writing from a house in Mpumalanga with no distractions, pushing through a tough time when the band was probably at its weakest in terms of spirit. Amidst the rumours of break-up and song-writing apathy they emerged with an offering that leans more towards a ‘band act’ than the ‘club act’ they felt they may have been before.
Lyrically, J’ Something takes the helm as always. With love still remaining a strong lyrical undercurrent, there’s no doubt that this time the sex appeal is definitely riding high too. The album is probably one of the smoothest Mi Casa offerings to date. Tracks such as ‘Mamela’ speak to the tender side of all of us as J aches for quiet time with his partner. Vocally, it gives a de nite nod to 90’s R&B, whilst smatterings of musical beach vibes bring the listener closer to that holiday. ‘Obsessed’ takes it right to the top with fire lyrics cradled in a sexy Latin-House beat.
The band plans to support the new album with an exciting nine-province virtual tour and a host of other awesome digital content, until such time as they can perform live.
Listen to ‘We Made It’ here:
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