South Africa’s Chynaman, Kususa and Argento Dust on new track Just Love

South African DJ trio Chynaman, Kususa and Argento Dust have dropped one of the biggest house tracks of 2019 with their stunning debut collaboration Just Love.

Featuring Black Coffee collaborator Azola, the Jet Black-released song is a wondrous mix of synths and a tribal rhythm over searing, soulful vocals that results in a breathtaking crescendo.

The South African house scene is booming while the trio have already gained the support of Horse Meat Disco, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Guy Mantzur and Mathias Kaden.

And with a track as big as Just Love, it’s only a matter of time before they go mainstream.

Daily Star Online caught up with the collective to talk about the track, their influences, their hopes for 2020 and the South African music scene.

Hi guys, tell me a bit more about yourselves. How did you get together?

Chynaman: I first heard Kususa at a gig in New York when a remix of theirs was playing. I researched them and found out they were from the same city as me (Durban). I wanted to get in touch and have them featured on a remix package I was working on. I already had relations with Argento Dust as he was sending me his material for my DJ set. I met Azola after her song with Black Coffee.

You’ve teamed up with Azola for your huge new single Just Love on Jet Black Music. What was the process like?

Kususa: Once Azola had written the lyrics, the track was initially recorded by Chynaman. Once we all got in the studio, Chynaman played the vocals back to us and they were great, they sounded sweet and evoked strong emotions. We quickly jumped on it with our producer friend Argento Dust.

We all spent the following week in the studio until we were satisfied with the track. We sprinkled a little aspect of each of us over Azola's amazing vocals. We felt it made up a perfect collaborative effort.

I love how the anticipation grows on the track before its huge crescendo midway. Is this something you aimed for when starting out? How would you describe your sound in general?

Kususa: We do ‘Afro House’, or ‘Afro Tech’ as it’s sometimes called due to the undeniable usage of ‘Tech’ sounds.

Argento Dust: Our aim was to make a dancefloor ready track without taking away any atmospheric energy. We had to build up to that climax and allow the vocal to breathe after the midway drop.

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What’s South Africa like as a place for musicians? How has the country influenced you in terms of the artists you are today?

Chynaman: I grew up in an era where South Africa was amidst intense political tension. There was very little freedom of speech and it was only after this period that a lot was uplifted and as the youth of that time, we found ways to express ourselves through music. I still live by that today, I want to make positive, uplifting music.

Kususa: The house music scene in South Africa is very diverse. The different cultures present in South Africa have cultivated a unique and amazing taste for house music that only originates from here. Everyone finds new and creative ways to embrace the scene. Like other South African artists, we like to incorporate our culture into the music, it’s what makes the scene unique on the global scale of things.

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Are there any other African acts we should know about?

Kususa: There’s loads of African acts you should lookout for:

– Da Capo

– Enoo Napa

– FKA Mash

– Jackie Queens

– Karyendasoul

– Lemon & Herb

– Themba

– Sebestien Dutch

– Suraj

Who were you influenced by musically or personally growing up?

Azola: I was mostly influenced by all the different genres that played in my house as a child. My brother would listen to house, my sister R&B and my mother liked blues and the helper's gospel. It taught me to appreciate different types of music and from that I learned to sing and adapt my song writing techniques.

Kususa: We were also both influenced by music playing in our homes growing up. Joshua Sokweba recalls listening to music on radio with his mum and as a teenager which led to him becoming fascinated with house music and later producing in his early twenties. Mncedi Tshicila’s fascination with music originates from weekends spent with his uncle dancing to pop, jazz and soul.

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You’ve been championed by a whole manner of talent, including Guy Mantzur and Horse Meat Disco, as well as house pioneer Black Coffee. What does that mean to you to have that support from your peers?

Kususa: It's amazing really. Those names have a huge following and having the likes of Black Coffee spinning our tunes at packed out gigs in elite clubs is incredible. It’s helped boost our fanbase and exposed us to a whole new audience.

You’ve performed a sold-out gig at Hi Ibiza. What was like that? What’s performing live like for you?

Kususa: Hï Ibiza was such an experience; the sound system was out of this world. The audience was extremely open to listening to something new which meant we were able to test drive our material. Ibiza really is a sacred and magical place.

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What does 2020 have in store for you? What’s the ultimate goal for the trio?

Kususa: We will be following up our single, ‘Just Love’ with a series of other vocal tracks. We’ve lined up a few collaborations with Argento Dust, who we recently set up our own label with, Back Noise Music Label.

Chynaman: I'm currently working on an EP that represents the African scene. I’m planning on scheduling a few international gigs too so make sure to stay tuned for that!

Argento Dust: I'm also going to release an EP at the beginning of next year. I’m also doing a few gigs around Africa which I’ll hopefully follow up with my European tour debut next Summer.

Trio: The ultimate goal would be 'Just Love' being a success worldwide.

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