hello neighbor: The 1st 2021 installment

hello neighbor: The 1st 2021 installment

By BA Staff

The world music and fluid Hello Neighbor popup hit its first installment of 2021 last month. Presented by The Dig, the fair popped up at the gorgeous Poolside Jozi in Maboneng and, as has been tradition, we were present. And, as expected, it was quite a fete and a satisfying dose of world music.


(KaddylackRadio doing it)

Young and talented spinner and world music curator KaddylackRadio opened proceedings and delivered a musically matured set that astutely set the tone for the day. Dope set and our uppermost highlight of it was him delivering “Cyanide” by Justice Der, “Morning Glory” by Jamiroquai, and “Summer Madness (Exclusive Cover Version)” by Khruangbin. Admirable set by Kaddy – it really set the tone for the wonderful experience the world music lovers and revellers had on this memorable day.

(MsElisa TheSelector serving soothing tunes)

MsElisa TheSelector came in and took over from where Kaddy left off – she delivered a soothing set of flush, polished, and clean-shaven cuts. Another one of those highly incredible sets that so many of us (world music enthusiasts and diehards) live for. MsElisa TheSelector’s enchanting set included treasured cuts like “Ngwana O Ya Lela” by the legendary Phillip Tabane & Malombo, “Be Still” by Afrika Mkhize, “Enganjyani” by Somi ft. the great Hugh Masekela, “Back On” by Edward Silver ft. Monika Santucci, “Bonisile” by Sisonke Xonti, “Work Money Death” by Tony Burkill, “Summer Song” by Yollowjackets, and “1986” by Ely Bruna. What a memorable set this was!

(Mthuthu (mthuthuzelin) on set)

Next was a scholarly and admirably structured set courtesy of Mthuthu. A lingering set that fused soft jazz, ambiance, bossa nova, and some of the Caribbean and Afrolatin’s finest materials. A thoughtfully structured set with a devastating sense of rhythm accuracy. Fine, lustrous, unwrinkled, and sleek. This set was simply estimable and had so much gravitas. It kicked off with “Here’s To Life” by Shirly Horn, “Sambadouro” by Sergio Mendes, “Flor Der Lis” by Djavan, “Keep On Searching” by Melodiesinfonie, “Turleneck” by Afternoons In Stereo, “Rocket Man (Afrolatin Joint)” by Marc Clair and Visioneers, “Heal” by Monday Michiru, “Keep On” by Alfa Mist, and “Afterparty For Two (Remix) by Vick Lavender. What more could we have possibly asked for except to bow and give thanks. Arguably the most musically erudite set of the day.

(Sumthinbrown on the job)

Sumthinbrown’s set followed and, like a momentous crescendo, took the world music movement to the next destination with her jazz, soul, funk, groove niche and esoteric signature. This is Sumthinbrown…gerrit! Her lively but speak-easy set included dope cuts like “Keep On Moving” by Soul II Soul, “Come To Me” by Rhythm Centric, “Déjà vu (Vibe)” by Latanza Waters, “Dangerous Vibes (Grant’s Main Mix)” by Ferry Ultra ft. Roy Ayers, and “Standing Right Here (M+m Mix)” by Mannix ft. Dina Vass. A dope and lively set by the dope Sumthinbrown!

(Bubbles The DJ on the decks)

Bubbles The DJ, who needs no introduction (by the way), followed and as expected took things to the next possible. There’s so many things that could be said about his learned set but we’ll cut you the slack – save to say that his huge set consisted of legendary tunes such as “Wind Parade” by Donald Byrd, “A Day In The Life” by Chocolate Snow, “Friends & Strangers” by Ronnie Laws, “My Music” by Samuel Jonathan Johnson, “Dust To Dust” by Cloud One, “The Blessing Song” by Michael White, “For Your Love” by Peter Brown, “Can’t Live Without You” by Connie Laverne, “No Limit” by Jean Terrell, and “Morning Change” by Norman Connors. Legendary set in the truest sense of the word.

(Tha Muzik taking over from Bubbles The DJ)

Another musically lettered world music curator  Tha Muzik took over from Bubbles and literally shut it down – right on point and in the manner he was meant to. His devastating Afrolatin set included memorable cuts like “Samba Do Gato” by Tania Maria, “Happy Sola Return” by Sefi Zisling ft. Kutiman, and “A luta Continua” by Miriam Makeba. On point like a javelin!

As is always the case, we had an amazing time!

On how things went down, check below for some more imagery. Word up!


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