South African house group Uhuru has been tipped for major international success after music channel MTV Base named them “Artist of the month” for February 2014.
Urban music authority MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) is putting their promotional muscle behind the group following the success of their 2013 album: “Uhuru – Our Father”, with its trademark mix of high energy percussion, captivating vocals and keyboards. The album added even more fuel to the group’s growing reputation as one of the country’s most exciting and enigmatic live acts, as well as the most sought after producers on the continent.
Commented Tim Horwood, Channel Director, MTV Base, “Behind the scenes, Uhuru have been controlling the music direction in both 2012 and 2013, producing some of the biggest hits on the continent and now it’s their turn to take centre stage. We salute them for their creativity and originality and predict that they are on track to be the faces of South African music in 2014.”
Over the last couple of years, Uhuru have been consistently growing their hit catalogue as producers, having created the soundscapes for crossover smash hits such as “My Name Is” by DJ Zinhle, “Via Orlando” by Vetkuk and Mahoota featuring Dr Malinga, Yuri Da Cunha’s “Atchu Tchu Tcha” featuring DJs Malvado & Kude, and “Khona” by Mafikizolo, to name just a few.
Throughout the month of February, the group’s monster dancefloor filler and number one “Y Tjukutja” featuring Professor, Oskido and DJ Bucks will be on high rotation on MTV Base, supported by numerous other programming strands showcasing the group, including:
“Top Ten House Tunes” in which Uhuru takes us through their Top 10 biggest house videos; “The Truth” will see Uhuru answer searching questions from their fans on social media; and “Mixtape”, in which Uhuru takes us on a personal journey through the music videos that have been the soundtrack to their career so far. Additional short programming bursts feature throughout the month including: “Uhuru – Top 5 Tips To Producing A Hit!”, “Uhuru – 54 Seconds”, and “Uhuru – Spotlight” – a quickfire interview with the group.
The Artist of the Month accolade is awarded to artists who MTV Base judges to be making waves on a continental scale. Previous Artists of the Month include Davido (Nigeria) and Mafikozolo (SA).