Growing up in Mutare ,Zimbabwe “MandaBrat” always knew that music would play a huge role in his life. From borrowing cassettes and vinyls to play at friends’ houses to finally being able to produce his own music ,MandaBrat’s musical journey is full of perseverance, tenacity and inspiration.Influenced by the soul ,R’n’B, hip hop and house sounds of the 80’and 90’s, MandaBrat credits producers such as “Franky Knuckles, P Diddy” (who MandaBrat really aspired to be like before he even knew what was his role in music ) and “Dr Dre” as his early influences.
An avid fan and listener of many music genres Mandabrat’s style of music is based on elements of many styles of music and not limited to house. After relocating to South Africa in 2001, MandaBrat fell in love with the booming house scene in that country and he developed a keen interest in the production of house music. It was only in 2013 that he decided to share his dream with the world. His music takes you on a journey of his life. One gets a sense of traversing through a timeline of events that the artist has experienced as he aims to paint a kaleidoscope of his existence.
The laid back mid tempo house beats have also a bearing on the everyday life Mandabrat experiences in the Mother city, Cape Town, South Africa. It paints an idealistic, utopian life that the majority of the working class aim to achieve in a background of social upheavals and economic hardships. The melody soothes one’s mind as they transport the listener on a head nodding, foot thumping hypnotic trip.
Having embarked on a journey to document his thoughts through his music, Mandabrat consciously opted for the studio instead of written memoirs. His music summarises his dreams and ambitions from humble beginnings in Dangamvura, Zimbabwe.
MandaBrat’s defining moment as a deejay was playing before renowned former number one “Dj Hardwell” at an event hosted to welcome him to Cape Town for the Ultra Festival. Armed with an impressive discography MandaBrat is worth checking out.
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