South African music group, Mi Casa comes off near split, set to hold concert
Following the launch of its latest album, Familia after an almost disbandment, multi-award-winning South African music group, Mi Casa, which comprised ofthree members, Dr. Duda (producer) and pianist; J’Something (vocalist and guitarist) and Mo-T (trumpeter) is back with a stronger bond.
The Johannesburg base group is planning a concert as part of its effort to raise funds to support victims of the recent flooding in Benue State, and Sierra Leone mudslides. The band, made this known in a tweet which read: “We will be hosting a concert with industry friends to raise funds for Sierra Leone and Nigeria … details to be announce soon! #WeAreFamilia”
According to the group, the concert will be free and all funds raised will go towards helping the flood victims in Benue State and victims of the mudslide in Sierra Leone. The flood, which ravaged communities like Tse-Adorogo, Tse-Igba, Tse-Akor, Tse-Terzar, Tse-Abi, Tor Kpande and some villages on the stretch between Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi and Gbajimba, also washed away farmlands and food storage facilities rendering many homeless. Also, more than 1000 people were reported dead and 3000 rendered homeless from the mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone’s capital.
Formed in early 2011 in Johannesburg by three members at a night lounge, where they perform together, the group after a few months, released their first album titled Micasa Music, which gain wide acceptance across the country and won several awards at the 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards in 2012.
In 2015, the group returned with their double disc album Home Sweet Home, which includes hit singles Chocolate & Barman featuring Big Nuz and DJ Tira. August this year, they released their fourth studio album Familia after a near split.
Interacting with the audience at the album launch in listening party in Pretoria, South Africa, lead singer, J’Something took some time talked about how the group almost broke up a few months ago, stressing that coming back together and sorting out their differences gave birth to the album ‘Familia’.
He said, “There was a lot of speculation that we were going to dissolve.Families go through rough patches but still stick together in the end. We nearly broke up six months ago, but that story has resulted in the album we have now.”
“The meaning behind the title of the new album is experiences families go through. We love that we are a multi-cultural group, because it allows us to experience different things and to express it in different ways. All we have done, as cheesy as this may sound, is we have just been ourselves. We haven’t tried to change for anything or anybody or any sound, we have kept it Mi Casa. We focus on the people that love what we do, that appreciate the craft that we make and we’ve got millions of fans across the globe,” he added.
For Dr Duda, “We got to fight for what we love, which is music. We brought our differences on to one table and we spoke about it and the issue was resolved. We realised that the only way to continue to do this thing is just music.”
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