OK ZHARP - DUMELA113 [HYPERDUB] EP - OCTOBER 30,2015
Ok Zharp is a South African born London producer who still maintains strong links to South Africa and the creative work coming from there.
Dumela113 - translated as ‘Hello113’ - features the vocals of Manthe Ribane, an artist who runs the creative Johannesburg studio Studio113 with her two siblings, while her own work spans dance (she toured as a dancer with Die Antwoord and was a member of award-winning VINTAGE crew), modeling, styling, video, film and photography.This is her first musical collaboration.
Dumela113 started to take shape when South African director and photographer Chris Saunders introduced them via their mutual friend and collaborator, Simiso Zwane aka Okmalumkoolkat. Chris Saunders and Okzharp had started making a film together, called Ghost Diamond in which Manthe performed, styled and choreographed. The music was written over the course of the film shoot and then recorded in one epic all-night session in an ex-marshmallow factory in Maboneng, Johannesburg. Consequently two tracks from the EP - Fede and Sizzr - are also from the soundtrack to the film.
Dear Ribane's Lyrics are sung in the language of 'Tshwana' and are about being a performer and working on shoots, it's about the complexities of understanding different kinds of beauty and being a vessel for other people's ideas of beauty. The lyrics mock a row of models with the lyric ‘Ostrich 1, Ostrich 2, Ostrich 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,‘ the video picks upon the same idea - the smearing black ink on Manthe’s face. The lyrics open out slowlyover a sharp kick drum as a minimal keyboard creeps around her poised vocal.
Sizzr, sung in English is a positive mission statement about living in the moment, standing up for what you believe and not letting bad vibes get to you, sung with vocoder over a bittersweet, but positive keys, that flip from beat less to heads down house.
Inspired by a childhood game, Fede’s lyrics play with the question 'How are you?' and all the different ways this can be interpreted, her voice glistening with android FX’s overdriving Toms and deep bass.
The EP finishes with Glonet, an instrumental, dubstep indebted house with a wistful oriental melody that shifts gears between half speed and double speed.
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