Review

Afro-house DJ Blanka Mazimela drops three-track EP Gengesi that’s made for the heat of the dancefloor

There’s no doubt that SA has a thriving dance scene, and Blanka Mazimela is one of the latest names to rise to prominence for his mad talent as an afro-house DJ and producer.

Out via Kunye Records (Shimza), his latest EP Gengesi was released a few days back and it’s properly groovy, packed with a unique sound that deserves all the attention it has garnered so far. 

It’s a three-track offering dominated by mesmerising sounds and tribal synth-melodies, all of which perfectly underpin featured vocalist Oluhle’s performance on opener “Gengesi”.

As for the second instrumental track “Normli”, it’s an energy-laced afro-tech workout made for the heat of the dancefloor, driven by lush chords and electronic rhythms that go on to end in a remixed version of “Gengesi” by international heavyweight producer Sobek. 

All in all, from his restrained touches of vocal prowess to his seasoned percussive sound, Blanka Mazimela really is doing the most for SA as one of our best dance exports, and with an EP as tight as this one, it’s no surprise he’s already picked up support from the likes of Roger Sanchez, Chris Lake, Euphonik, Paco Osuna, KEXP and more. Look at him go.