Pushing electro house
We got the scoop on House Guru Gang's latest work and current direction.
29 November 2019 | Art and Entertainment
This self-established crew has been constantly on the rise, with hardly any slip-ups; or wait, maybe it's because they are a gang and can't be touched? Hmm, let's find out.
Made up of Richard Kahengutji, Gerson Batista and Sacky Matheus, the trio recently released their fourth studio album Bad Neighbours.
“This album is a wave, it's a vibe. On Bad Neighbours we decided to go all out and bring our fans what they don't expect from us. We feel like our people love that in us. They always get surprised by our new sounds and like to keep it that way.
“The songs vary from tropical house, Amapiano to township Afropop. It's a 19-track album,” explained Kahengutji
House Guru Gang shared that the album roughly took two and a half years to make.
Production was mainly done throughout this time. But most of the lyrical content was done from the beginning of this year, as they had to explore the current narrative as far as telling stories is concerned.
“There is a song called Trade love on the album and it was done a few months before the album was release, and it is one of the best songs.”
The trio describe their sound as feel-good music, but maintain that the feeling you get from every song varies as you go down the track list. The album caters for both the young and adults.
“All in all, after listening to this album, you will be inspired to love, laugh, dance or have the zeal to chase your dreams.
“Another song people can look forward to is titled Let Us Be Children, But Only For A While. The message on that song is to basically tell adults not to resist the feeling or urge to be young at heart every now and then,” added Batista.
Bad Neighbours features big names on the Namibian music scene including Lize Ehlers, Oteya, Gazza, Teqla, Ees, Zhondie Baga Baga, Nouwa and Cardinal Max.
“We are also grateful to have worked with Sam-Lee Jones on production. He is a true music genius. As for the rest of the songs, they were produced by House Guru Gang at Cool Aid Studios,” said Matheus.
The trio mentioned that their latest album has so much tropical house influences, so the idea is to take it international.
“We have been locally based since day one. This time we decided its Trace, MTV Base and all the international platforms. The music video to Royal is already out and we got confirmation that it's going to start airing on Trace Africa. The aim is to put good Namibian music on the map,” said Kahengutji.