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Star of Shannen SP’s ‘Amapiano Now’ comp, SA’s Teno Afrika tags in a classy pair of sultry vocals and collabs on his 2nd album of warm breeze pads and clockwork-hipped log drum pulses, via Awesome Tapes From Africa
Repping the sound of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, 22 y.o. Teno Afrika has become one of the most prominent producers of the region’s prevailing and resoundingly influential Amapiano style. A quintessential, mid-tempo distillation of grimy kwaito and electroid Gqom with US deep house, the sound is currently on heavy rotation between UK (where it’s sparked a time-honoured debate over what tempo it should be played) and certain clubs in NYC, locking crowds into the sort of bounce not heard since the heyday of UKF.
Lutendo Raduvha aka Teno Afrika’s 2nd album after 2021’s ‘Amapiano Selection’ witnesses him deftly tweaking the suspension systems with exacting bounce-per-ounce on eight proper pearls. The vocal cuts are obvious highlights, particularly the lip-bitingly sweet glyde of ‘Fall In Love’ with KayCee, warmly recalling Cooly G vibes, while the title tune bears the warm neo-soul of Leyla on velvet deep house slant. The others are deffo none too shabby too, bringing Don Diego in for the pensile hustle of ‘SK Love’, and the dark but frothy ‘AK Love’, while Stylo MusiQ helps spark off the low-glyding trance lines of ‘Duma ICU’. On a solo flex, the tense hunch of ‘Bells’ and the furtive melody of ‘Gomora Groove’ are unmissable.