We're proud to announce new label Sondela Recordings will launch on 5th February with ‘Ezizweni’ by Hyenah featuring DJ Tira and Luke Ntombela.
Together A&R Managers Sef Kombo and Louie Dunmore will curate the label’s output, working closely with Simon Dunmore. All profits will be going to Bridges For Music, a non-profit organisation based in South Africa, gathering key players of the music industry to support responsible progress in developing countries, making a positive impact in disadvantaged communities and helping to raise global awareness about local issues through music.
"I’ve been really happy being part of Sondela, I’ve always wanted to be a part of shining the light on the amazing talents from my home continent, bridging the worlds together to new listeners and also to release amazing future classic records. Even at this early stage in my A&R journey, I’ve learnt so much and so keen to learn more at Sondela." – Sef Kombo, A&R at Sondela Records
“I am so excited to begin my journey with Sondela Records and to be working alongside Sef Kombo. Aligning with Bridges For Music will help me in my own personal development while providing an excellent opportunity to discover creative talent and dig deep to source new music.” – Louie Dunmore, A&R at Sondela Records
The debut single ‘Ezizweni’ comes from enigmatic champion of African house Hyenah, collaborating with Durban superstar and Afrotainment founder DJ Tiraand Afro-Jazz singer Luke Ntombela. An artist who aligns with the Sondela vision for profiling Afro-influenced music, Hyenah has become an advocate of the genre in Europe, hosting Watergate’s RISE residency, one of the few regular African house club nights in Berlin, and showcasing his impeccable knowledge of the genre with a now infamous Boiler Room set. The second Sondela release, ‘Ancestor's Calling’ will come from Native Tribe & TTAN on 5th March, with remixes from Enoo Napa and Saint Evo. With both records teased by Louie and Sef during their B2B set for November's We Dance As One live stream, we can't wait for them to be released officially.
Speaking to Mixmag in October, Sef unveiled his aims to profile emerging talent within Afro house as well as established names, exposing the genre to new audiences and curating live Sondela events when it’s eventually feasible, he also went on Resident Advisor’s esteemed RA Exchange podcast in November to discuss Sondela’s launch. Louie and Sef were invited onto BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Soundsytem with Jeremiah Asiamahat the end of 2020, delivering a mix that showcased the music that has inspired the label’s A&R strategy and forthcoming releases.
Hyenah featuring DJ Tira Luke Ntombela ‘Ezizwei’ is out on 5th February via Sondela Records. Sondela's second release ‘Ancestor’s Calling’ is forthcoming later this Spring.