Khanya (The Light: Ode To Dilla)

by QB Smith feat Lady Alma and Kabomo

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    releases March 23, 2015

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February at Warm Days HQ is always Dilla month, and this year we’ve made a record to commemorate it.

Khanya, the Zulu word for shine, or light, is a nod in name of course to the Common and Dilla anthem, while musically the track channels the vibes of the masterpiece that was Fantastic Vol II, with hints of both Jealousy and Untitled (Fantastic), reimagined as a deep house tribute to the late great one, “the best that ever did”, James Yancey aka J Dilla.

With lyrics co-written by Alma Horton, Kabomo and QB, the intro and outro cadencially recalls Slum Village, intoning that “we can’t forget your legacy”, before Alma’s verse mythologizes Dilla’s affective and inspirational powers. Kabomo, singing almost entirely in Zulu, continues the theme, with an african astrology lesson on Dilla’s rightful place amongst the stars that sing his name.

Deep, tech-plus-jazz-infused, Detroit-leaning, humble and most respectful house.


releases March 23, 2015

Produced and arranged by QB Smith
All keys and drums QB Smith
Vocals by Alma Horton and Kabomo

Vocal recording engineer Tladi Mabuya at ASE

Mixed by Toni Economides at The Garden

Lyrics and music by QB Smith, Alma Horton and Kabomo



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Warm Days Johannesburg, South Africa

Deep, jazzy, soulful. Warm Days is pushing an agenda and bridging a gap. All with a dream in mind. Living life in the warmth. The Warm Days label was launched in 2010, with the likes of Mark de Clive-Lowe, Atjazz, Bah Samba and Monique Bingham appearing alongside founder QB Smith in the first few singles. ... more

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