After a prolific run that saw them release five projects in a 9-month span between the summer of 2019 and April 2020, Scorpion King duo of Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa recently returned from a brief hiatus, and are gearing up to release a joint album with popular Congo-born South African singer, Tresor. The trio announced the project, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, back in December, initially slating it for a late February release, alongside its lead single, “Funu”, a shiny romantic cut with a Disco-Funk sheen to it.
Earlier this year, the brightly-coloured video for “Funu” dropped, but the release also came with news that the album had been pushed back till April. Now, with April 9th as its final set date, the trio have ramped up the pre-release campaign back up, releasing a second single and its accompanying video today. “Folasade”, the new single, is significantly antithetical to its predecessor, trading in sonic minimalism without dampening the bounce that made “Funu” instantly anthemic. While it contains the typical House-indented flourishes that make up most Amapiano tracks, Kabza and Phori mainly build around super soft keys and a log drum groove.
Dialling up the charm several notches, Tresor sings of his admiration for the titular character, adding an impassioned edge that conveys the intensity of the sentiment behind his set. “You’re the one who’ll have my heart in this crazy world of sin/I need no other, you’re my forever”, he sings on the pre-chorus, willingly giving in to the spell of his love interest. The video for “Folasade” also diverges from the lead single, shot entirely in a dark location with dim lights, neon-lit bulbs, and psychedelic effects making for an enigmatic and sensually alluring video.
The video cuts between Tresor performing his set with an energetic gait, and dancers capturing the club-ready elements of the song. Kabza and Maphorisa also take up some screen time, making cameo-like appearances that involves them dancing to the groove they both helmed. “Folasade” is another compelling taste ahead of ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, an album that’s shaping up to be a blockbuster release for the upwardly mobile Amapiano movement.
Watch the video for “Folasade” below and pre-order ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ here.
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