MUSIC: South Africa’s Mi Casa Music Taking House to New Heights
NEXT BIG THING NOW: MI CASA JOINS PERFORMERS AT OBAMA
Call it fate or a happy accident that united a trio of talented guys who didn’t know each other before a rooftop party in 2010 but took the crowd by surprise when they started freestyling at a Soul Candi Records event. Better known today as South Africa’s soulful collective Mi Casa Music, the vibrant young men came on the scene poised to hit the world with some serious House grooves, topping their country’s dance charts and sweeping the 2012 South Africa Music Awards with Best Group, Best Dance Album and Song of the Year for These Streets on their début album, Mi Casa. The group is Soul Candi’s first live music act. Mi Casa has opened for Drake, John Legend, and even Kool and the Gang, as well as many others. Now, vocalist/songwriter J-Something, trumpeter Mo-T and DJ/producer Dr. Duda are taking the stage for another event, this time in Washington, D.C., as part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration celebrations.
“Obama holds a very special role in every African’s heart,” Mi Casa Music lead singer J-Something tells Tania Fuentez Media in an exclusive interview ahead of the trip. “Our message to him, from us as a band and, I think from Africa as a whole, is thank you for giving us HOPE!” Organizers expect representatives from nearly 200 nations at the 2013 Ambassadors’ Inaugural Ball, the first such event hosted exclusively by the international community. In addition to Mi Casa Music, the black-tie tribute to U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will feature South African songstress Lira, international DJ/vocalist Anane Vega (originally from Cape Verde) and Hip Hop icon Biz Markie. “With all that we have achieved so far, even the band being nominated for ‘Best African Act’ at the last MTV Europe Awards, this opportunity to be down in D.C. is an incredible one for us,” J-Something reflects. “We are so excited for this.”
Clearly, Mi Casa Music draws inspiration from Africa and their roots. “But also a lot from life itself,” according to J-Something, who was born in Portugal and has lived in South Africa for 16 years. Bandmate Dr. Duda also hails from South Africa while trumpeter Mo-T is following in the footsteps of his father who played for the acclaimed South African band, Mango Groove.”Past experiences, present situations, and future expectations seem to draw up our inspirations,” J-Something says. “We, as a band, came together very organically without knowing each other from a bar of soap … The band has a mission of bringing colour together in not only SA but around the world. We are a mix race group, which here in SA is a true representation the country is constantly trying to achieve.”
Mi Casa Music: http://micasamusic.com/
2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball: http://www.ambassadorsinauguralball.com/
57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration: http://www.2013pic.org/