Much like the South African bee after which they named their most recent album, once you get stung by the Durban trio Phelimuncasi’s music, it’s hard to keep still. Following their acclaimed debut ‘2013-2019’, ‘Ama Gogela’, released via Nyege Nyege Tapes, re-establishes the group as a formidable force. Their sound, however immediate, is also imbued with deep meaning and tradition, harkening back to the sound of protest dance toyi-toyi, used abundantly during anti-apartheid demonstrations. Now, Phelimuncasi carry on the spirit of resistance, and their revolutionary streak has led them to tour not only the usual music festival grounds but also political functions such as the African National Congress.
Photography by Olivier Jourdain