MI CASA- SU CASA
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
Like all the most blissful moments of life, Mi Casa’s second album of sexy, groovy, intoxicating tunes is the best thing to have happened to the SA music scene this year.
The feverish anticipation for the urban-jazz-house trio’s follow-up has been for a very good reason. “Jika”, the first single of the new album, is already a radio airplay and iTunes hit. The song most requested at their live shows.
The dynamic group, comprising vocalist-guitarist J-Something, trumpeter Mo-T and producer and keyboardist Dr Duda, has only been together for two years. They met one night at a club two years ago and since then, they haven’t looked back. Mi Casa’s superlative hit “These Streets” went on to win Record of the Year at the 2012 SAMAs.
The group also won Best Dance Album for their debut Mi Casa Music and Duo/Group of the Year SAMAs that year. That was just the beginning! Mi Casa went on to dominate SA radio with more catchy, soulful hits such as “Heavenly Sent”, “La Vida” and “Can’t Get Enough” – each release more enthralling than the next.
Mi Casa has also solidified their growing fan base with live performances around Africa that turn any venue into a heaving mass of happiness, a nation under a groove. For the group, it’s all about making sure their fans are having the time of their lives, and it’s a culture that continues on Su Casa, which clocks in at over an hour of 16 soul-and-booty shaking tracks.
J-Something’s mellifluous and fluid vocals are, well, something indeed. It’s an invitation to a particularly wicked secret, a seduction so sweet that only the soulless could resist those suggestive lyrics. Su Casa goes even deeper than Mi Casa Music, venturing into full-on turn-on on album opener “Turn You On” (“Can you let me into your space?/I promise I won’t touch, I won’t taste… For now”) and odes to the things that matter most to them: the ladies, as always (every alternate track – at the very least), their home (on “Africa Shine” and their tribute to Tata Madiba “No Greater Love”), and J’s Portuguese roots on “Voce”.
At 16 tracks, Su Casa can feel like an hour-plus of the same groove and tempo – this is a very laidback, classy vibe. So come suitably dressed for the occasion.
It’s house, it’s jazz, it’s funk, soul, pop, and downright sexy any which way. Su Casa sounds like South Africa circa 2013 and it is irresistible.