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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 Light Falls last year on his single ‘Future Earth’ which has
received high rotation on BBC radio and Triple J in Australia.
June 2016 saw the release of Native Young’s debut LP ‚Kings‘ – featuring a host of
traditional African musicians mixed with an innovative blend of electronic and acoustic
sound. The band subsequently embarked on an explosive European summer tour of
Germany, France and Spain to promote the project to international audiences. As for
the future, the band will be heading to SXSW 2017 in Texas, returning to Europe for
another summer tour as well as releasing a live acoustic album. “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.