Alfred Nthale better known by his stage name YABA, announces his first official EP titled Rhumbacane that comes in a style of music inspired by Rhumba music but showcases its uniqueness by fusing the genres of Rhumba, Trap, and Soulful Benga.
As a pioneer of this style of music, Rhumbacane was a befitting and meaningful title for Yaba’s first official EP after he departed from his duo group; the Red Acapella.
“My departure from Red Acapella solidified my intention to continue writing music that was true self-expression and what I thought people might enjoy and relate with as well. I’m glad Ifound my niche through Rhumbacane! A fusion of Rhumba, Trap, and Soulful Benga. It allows and enables me to be my authentic self and go back to my musical roots! It is also my way of introducing the brand ‘Yaba’ to the world.” Expressed Yaba while talking about this new project.
He goes ahead to clarify and highlight on his transition from trap to Benga and dwells even more sampling and how it has changed the music scene over the years:
“Though often overlooked, the genres of Rhumba and Benga are the main foundation of Kenyan music as we know it. Over the years, musicians (myself included) have sampled music from these two genres and/or music from previous generations and added our own flavor and style to bring a sense of ownership.
Despite being a rapper in my early years of pursuing music as a career, I fell in love with Rhumba and Benga as the years went by. Trap is an entirely new 21st-century genre that the young generation is completely in love with. I learned this first hand through Taabu, a song by 125 I featured in while a member of the Red Acapella.”
The EP’s launch was previously meant to be a concert but had to be canceled following the recent lockdown in Nairobi. My team and I are now focused on getting the EP to every fan, music lover, and airplay it deserves.