Date:16 November 2018 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
In the music fraternity, the name of Steve Netshishivhe is synonymous with dub – a music form of the reggae genre that is characterised by strong deep bass, deep drums, deep guitar leads and rich keyboard notes. In some instances, the musicians also add some snippets of lyrics in a shaky voice that floats sonorously right above the instruments.
Netshishivhe seems to excel in this sub-genre of reggae to the extent that, in the event that he takes a while to release a new album, lovers of his music normally demand a new project from him.
“I grew up listening to dub reggae by good musicians such as Scientist, King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, and Prince Far I,” he said. “Their music spoke directly to your mind and heart in a way that made you enter a meditation phase. It allows you as a listener to savour the amazing artistry of the instrumentalists.”
His latest offering, which was released a fortnight ago, is entitled Tears of Dub and it boasts 13 tracks, namely Rough and Dub, Go Back, Freedom Fighters, Chanting Dub Music, Table Will Dub, Freedom Dub, They Told You to Dub, Go Back to Your Dub, Roots and Dub, Tears of Dub, Time to Dub, Do You Know Him, and Afrika.
“Listening to Tears of Dub is a refreshing moment that no lover of good music would want to miss,” he said. “It has been said of music that it mends broken hearts and heals crippled souls, and the kind of music I offer achieves exactly that.”
For reggae fanatics who had loved Don Carlos’s masterful album, Suffering, Netshishivhe’s Tears of Dub will be an album to treasure.
Netshishivhe released his debut full-length reggae album, entitled I ya konda, in 2011. It comprised nine songs that all resonated with root sounds and rhythms of African and Jamaican descent. It was followed by Only Him can Save Us (2015), I Dub What I Like (2016), and Deep Roots of Dub (2017).
He resides at Khubvi village. He is available on Facebook. Those around Gauteng who are interested in Netshishivhe’s music can contact him on 083 336 3396. His music is available at Dakota Thohoyandou or via Dr Fhatuwani Ravhuhali on 060 980 0045.
Tears of Dub is a fine offering for anyone's music collection.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.