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Vas Trap – Tidal Waves

Tidal Waves - Manifesto

Tidal Waves – Manifesto

For a split second as ‘Vas Trap’ by the Tidals Waves (not to be confused with 70’s band the singular Tidal Wave) starts its journey through your speakers, you may be forgiven for  thinking that you had accidently put Susan Fassbender’s ‘Twilight Café’ on by mistake, but that very quickly disappears as it is only the first few notes that sound similar. And about 16 seconds in, when someone starts going “Hey boeta!” you have forgotten about Susan (that is if you remembered her song at all) and you are careering down a deserted Northern Cape road, enjoying the fuel-injected donkey cart ride of your life.

There’s that township-tummy-grumbling bass going on, a falsetto guitar trying to be a banjo and a boere accordion thrown in for good measure. The lyrics are, as the title suggest, in Afrikaans, but sung with a Cape Coloured accent. It’s goema with voema. All this from a black reggae band. Tidal Waves are Keogile Charlie Mathopa, Jaco Mr Mans, Tebogo Drumbo Shoai and Zoyisile Zakes Wulana, the latter two hailing from Klersdorp.

In this little gem, they detour slightly from their usual reggae and have taken the Rainbow Nation’s music from all creeds and colours, put it into a blender and flicked the switch. The result is a smoothie full of all the goodness you need to put a smile on your dial.

Where to find it:
Maifesto – Tidal Waves (2011), Southern Pulse, 13632

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