South African, Cape town based Karabo Mokgatle or Dada Shiva, known for his “confident lyrical flow and hard hitting bars” (Red Bull Studios) returns in 2019 with a brand new album set to blow things out of the water. The 12-track release – E55NCE is about “looking beyond the surface of occurrences and understanding their core nature.”
E55NCE was released to RAVE reviews by prominent media experts and was also featured as a Top Track to Watch, Mzansi Favourite and Hip Hop selector on Apple Music.
THE LEAD SINGLE from E55NCE is the chaotic “FlyingFlock” –
“The flying flock concept came from the thought of switching lanes in convoy, comparing that to how the birds of a flock remain untouched by obstacles, like a hologram; and how going with the flow uncompromisingly means that sometimes you’ll be the same, for better or worse”.
Dada Shiva’s sound explores the construction of polarity through the projection of multiple personalities within single tracks. “Dada” is both a reference to the classic title of address, “Da don Dada,” and Dadaism, an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th Century.
The brand new release, E55NCE, explores the true meaning of things, the parts that make the whole. Dada Shiva explores this relationship sonically and lyrically on each track, against a tapestry of numerical patterns – bringing light to the old adage – “one man sees a simple sequence, where another sees the secrets of the universe”.
In essence, E55NCE is an exploration of my existence, informed by this methodology. A sort of exercise or meditation, punctuated by a care for the numbers wrought”.
Dada’s previous offerings include a two track EP titled, “Antimatter,” produced with assistance from prolific jazz guitarist, Dylan Fine, and Danish electronic producer, Yangze; and “MNC: AT,” a 6 track EP recorded at and in association with Red Bull Studios Cape Town, which was released through their channels and explored the sameness of man and god, as well as the vehicles by which that sameness is achieved.
His debut solo EP, “FIRE WATER,” was a six-track meditation on the elements and on the new age of alternative hip-hop.
Dada Shiva appeared in a Nike Golf campaign in partnership with major German media outlet, Highsnobiety; and more recently wore the Adidas Prophere line for the company’s South African Ad campaign. As a member of Tone Society, he took the helm of GQ’s weekly style diary. Dada also laid down soundtrack vocals for the new CR7 Denim campaign. With an ability to produce his own music, while being able to adapt and morph any genre under the sun, he offers an all encompassing experience as an artist, challenging himself as well as the listener.
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