GOGO Music proudly presents “Uyakhala” by Ralf GUM who features Mafikizolo on this spiritual song featuring a weeping child. It is based on the strong African belief that it takes a village to raise a child or a person is a person through other people. The song is taken from Ralf’s forthcoming and long awaited 4th studio album “Progressions”.
Ralf GUM’s career spans more than 25 years. During this time he became an integral part of the global House Music scene thanks to his consistent work. By working on labels like Defected or Peppermint Jam and major-labels such as Sony and Universal, as well as through the constant quality output of his own label GOGO Music (EST 2001), he has become a sought after brand. His accolades include #1 Afro House artist in 2015 (Traxsource) , an official chart #1, a gold selling album and award nominations in South Africa. His South African stardom reached new heights after he became fully entrenched its music industry after relocating to the motherland. Here he has worked with various top musicians and vocalists including the late jazz maestro Hugh Masekela. This collaboration with Mafikizolo has been in the making for quite some time. He also contributed to a production for their anniversary album “20” released in 2018.
Mafikizolo, the Afro-pop group/band, is made up of lead singer and composer Nhlanhla Sibongile Mafu Nciza and songwriter, composer and singer Theo Kgosinkwe. Their music is influenced by Kwaito, but they have been credited with a genre called Kwela, a unique jazz inspired African music style. The South African superstars, who performed all over the world, have sold more than 1 million albums in their career so far. One of their most popular songs is “Loot” which was remixed by Masters At Work in the 90’s. For “Uyakhala” they deliver a flawless performance. The lyrics fit perfectly into their niche, as most of their music deals with pertinent social issues such as women and children abuse, poverty, the importance of education and the dangers of casual sex.
With the strong visual images in this video, “Uyakhala” is as much about the music as it is about the message.
Directed by: Ofentse Mwase
Wardrobe by ROMAN HANDT
Produced by: OM Films