When asked how he would describe Native Young, songwriter and frontman Yannick says, “It’s a constantly evolving tapestry of culture, emotion and melody”. Formed in the garage of a Gugulethu marimba maker in 2014 – these are the new kids on the block that are blurring lines and breaking cultural barriers through their own distinct brand of ‘Kasi pop’.
With members stretching from Khayelitsha to Spain – Native Young is an indie 4 piece collective that hosts a menagerie of musical talent and eclectic taste. “This project is about returning to the grass roots of pop, it’s about the melodic core, raw African rhythm and simple storytelling” explains Yannick, “it’s this simplicity that has provided us with a vehicle for deeper cultural exploration both musically and spiritually”.
Their fresh collaborative sound has been creeping it’s way onto the local Cape Town music scene by way of enigmatic pop up street performances that have now become synonymous with the band, attracting the interest of UK indie powerhouse PIAS, who recently inked an EP single deal with the guys. Native Young also collaborated with London based producer/DJ Attaque last year on his single ‘Future Earth’ which has received high rotation on BBC radio and Triple J in Australia.
As for the future, the band is launching their mini LP ‘Kings’ in April 2016 which will feature a host of traditional African musicians. In addition to ‘Kings’ – the band will also be releasing an independent electronic EP ‘AM Waves’ and a live acoustic album later in 2016. “Music is that ephemeral expression that connects us all” Yannick says, and It’s this sentiment that boldly shines in the raw and colourful tale of Native Young.
See what they’re all about….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWDxcTZK9_s