Untitled Basement & Mpho Sebina presents Naked Soul Sessions this Saturday 16th February.
Founded in Botswana in 2017, Naked Soul Sessions is an interactive and super intimate live music event. We feature artists across all genres, dive deep into the artists soul and explore their processes, influences and encourage them to bare all in a candle lit setting
The Jozi instalment features host Mpho Sebina performing her delightful repertoire from her debut NEO (EP) the covers selection and new studio material with long time collaborator producer friend Favi Motsemme (keys, vocals, beats).
DJ Brown Pepper Ann (@Luicorn_ on Instagram) will create the vibes behind the decks pre and post the live set.
Tickets are limited to 120 pax, so book now for R140 on Quicket to avoid missing this beautiful music experience at 7 Reserve Street In Braamfontein.
Introducing MPHO SEBINA ‘NEO’
This Botswana born, Joburg-based singer-songwriter is injecting an infectious energy into the Pan African music scene. With her single ‘Black Butterfly’ growing in popularity on SA radio, and an EP released this Spring, she is building a movement across Southern Africa.
Referred to as “the reconciliation of R’nB…” by Afripop Mag, Mpho likes to think of her sound as neo soul 2.0, she has built a loyal audience following her extraordinary signature acapella mash-ups including Brenda Fassie ‘Too Late for Mama’ meets The Fugees ‘Ready Or Not’ and Boom Shaka ‘Lerato’/‘Free’ meets Erykah Badu ‘Other Side Of The Game’ (Listen to her mash-ups here: Mpho Sebina Soundcloud). The groundswell from the mash-ups lead to the release of her debut single and music video ‘Loves Light’, a beautifully crafted soul composition reminiscent of classic Bob Marley and Sade, with sonic facets of melancholic trap soul by Jene Ahiko and Solange, her sound is testament to her diverse influences, with, “vocal harmonies and Neo-Soul; where vintage meets new age, dipped in African subtleties and Tswana nuances. Mpho is one to watch.” – Afripop Mag.
Incorporating hip-hop, soul, jazz, traditional Setswana music and folklore into her sound, the 28-year-old already has a formidable repertoire of written compositions. She says songs fill her being – and stay there until she is compelled to put pen to paper and get into the studio. “My music is autobiographical. The stuff I’ve written is self-reflection time for me,” she says. “As a 28-year-old African woman my music is about the journey to discovering one’s self through this world. “I would like to stir up that quest for self, to bring about a healing type of vibe. It’s a lot about overcoming and focusing on the personal stuff. Sometimes we get wrapped in anxiety, myself included. My music is about providing an outlet for listeners to forget.”
Although her first recordings were done whilst an international business student in Malaysia, the self-taught musician has gigged at events such as the ‘Gaborone International Music and Culture Week’, music festival ‘Jazz on the Lawn’, recently at SA’s premier youth culture event ‘Basha Uhuru’ and Bassline Live with Stogie T and Rebirth of Cool at Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg. She hosts a monthly live music co-operative ‘Naked Soul Sessions’ curating a performance line-up of yet to be discovered local music and merchandisers.