In true form for representing Africa in his ideals as always, Robin Auld has written a song, “Jambo Express” in conjunction with The Brenthurst Foundation’s new book The Asian Aspiration: Why Africa Should Emulate Asia, And How It Shouldn’t.
Serious stuff penned by serious people including Greg Mills (head of JHB-based Brenthurst Foundation), Olusegun Obasanjo (former president of Nigeria), Hailemariam Desalegn (former prime minister of Ethiopia) and Emily van der Merwe (economist at The Brenthurst Foundation). In which, through a thorough analysis of lessons from 10 Asian countries, the authors applied them to Africa.
Robin Auld – along with Greg Mills himself – has taken the book into his own musical hands to pen “Jambo Express” which drops today. Built off a guitar and percussion backbone, it’s pivoted off a sound which I consider probably the only sound truly reminiscent of South Africa – the sort of upbeat acoustic Afro-pop favoured by the likes of Mango Groove, Johnny Clegg and Hot Water.
The video is a simply shot montage of Cape Town – from studios to township streets, the bustle of the city center to the Muizenberg railway line as a streaked yellow metro trundles by.
Brass inflections weave through as they belt out the track from the back corner of a shabeen. Take a listen, it’s got something to say.