Early in the morning of July 5 2022, Burna Boy was trending soon after he mentioned about the sample he used on his song. A lot where shocked with the royalties split between him and the original composer.
Well, sampling, Interpolations and experiments is the way to go these days. Embracing vintage sound fused with modern sound. A way to bring back memories and engagement with the other generation. Here is a playlist for some of the songs that has since sampled vintage top hit tracks.
Experimental music is a general label for any music or music genre that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions.
Interpolations refers to using a melody or portions of a melody (often with modified lyrics) from a previously recorded song but re-recording the melody instead of sampling it.
Sampling is the process by which a musician or record producer uses a portion of an existing song in a brand new recording, looping it and layering it with new music in a new context.
Interpolations & Samples – Made For Explorers:
01 – Jah Prayzah – Mhondoro
02 – Phreshy, Sokowe MG – Shungu
03 – DJ Terry Moyaz – Sunshine (feat. Zoe Lerae & Tymbah)
04 – Takura – Push To Start It
05 – Dough Major – Early Early
06 – FM Muzik, Tulk Munny – Emoyeni
07 – Dancehall Keddah, YaadUniverse – What Kinda Wife
08 – Holy Ten – Observe
09 – Kuda K – Salala
10 – Malcom Mufunde – Insomnia
11 – Mclyne Beats – Need You (feat. Miles Amani)
12 – ProBeatz – Vanonyepera
13 – Queen Vee – Nobody
14 – R.Peels – Tsika
15 – Jazz Prosper – Pakuyambuka
First up is Mhondoro by Jah Prayzah. Mhondoro debuted on Gwara album and it sampled Shumba Inogara Yega by Chigodora through vocal interpolation as Jah Prayzah sings, ‘Shumba Inogara Yega Musango’.
The instrument was made by Young DLC. DLC managed to fuse the traditional elements with EDM birthing Mhondoro with a Midas touch.
Award winning ZimHipHop femcee Phreshy sampled Shungu by the legendary Andy Muridzo. She sampled both the instrument and interpolated the lyrics on her chorus then told her story on Shungu.
Crossing over to Marondera, DJ Terry Moyaz Zoe Lerae and Tymbah did some magic with Sunshine. Sunshine is an Amapiano record that samples Tauya Naye by David Chifunyise. One of the best records to ever dawn during the Urban Grooves days.
The Shona Prince Takura found a way to interpolate 2 classics on his controversial record, Push To Start It. Firstly, he interpolated lyrics from Pane Vamwe Vasipo by Simon Chimbetu 8 lines in the first verse as a bridge. As he continues Takura interpolated some lyrics but with a twist by Steve Makoni called Handiende.
Shebeen Rap forward Dough Major sampled a South African classic called Early Early on his record also called Early Early which debuted on
UK based producer, singer and songwriter FM Muzik recreated Emoyeni with Tulkmunny on their joint EP with the same name. Emoyeni was originally composed by ZAPU LMG Choir.
For the year 2022 YaadUniverse worked with Dancehall Keddah on their 2nd installment called Most Promising with a number of samples. One of the outstanding songs is What Kind Of Wife which was sampled from What Kind of World by Decibel.
Taken from Early Retirement second album by Holy Ten is Observe. Observe samples Neria by the late Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi. Holy Ten and the Mutukudzi’s have a special connection as Holy Ten did not only shared a totem and samples Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi songs, but also sampled one by Selmor Mtukudzi.
Flying back to the diaspora, UK based ZimHipHop rapper Kuda K sampled and recreated Salala with a different message. Taken from his project, Kudaverse. Salala was originally composed by ExQ.
Award winning ZimHipHop rapper Malcom Mufunde joined forces with one of the most profound and appreciated ZimHipHop rappers, Synik for Trash. Insomnia taken from Trash samples a classic by Mateo called Pamuhacha.
Taken from Love Remedy II is Need You featuring Miles Amani. Only You samples Kundiso by Leonard Karikoga Zhakata as Mclyne Beats experiments sound by syncing the guitar by Zhakata with modern 808s and melodies.
Taken from Twenty Five by Probeatz is Vanonyepera. Soon after the debut release of Twenty Five the Monkey Bznz management reached to Probeatz and Mclyne Beats accusing them for not consulting them before they could sample one Freedom by Soko Matemai.
Queen Vee did her magic with Marvin Gayes classic on her record called Nobody. Nobody was taken from her project called Enigmatic.
Taken from Songs of Solomon project is Tsika by R. Peels. Tsika samples a classic by Willom Tigh and the Tights, Ndinoda Wangu.
Last but not least, Pakuyambuka by Jazz Prosper. Pakuyambuka taken from From Africa With Love project by Jazz Prosper is one from the vast sampled songs featured on the project. The original song was composed by Leonard Karikoga Zhakata.