Johannesburg, South Africa – Friday, 3 September 2021 – Speedy releases new album, the Gift, after 14 years.
Speedy has marked a return to releasing albums following a 14-year stint with his new album, The Gift. A 22-track body of work which the musician introduced with his radio charting lead single, Khumbula, featuring Nhlanhla Nciza.
Subsequent singles included I Need You, featuring Vuyo Brown & DJ Jabs and Come Duze, featuring the legendary kwaito musician, Professor.
The Bongo Maffin alumni has now made the entire body of work available. Speaking on his intention with the album, Speedy wrote on Instagram that:
“My last album was in 2007. I’ve been working on this album for a while now. This is a very special project to me. I wanted to include all 33 songs, but we’re down to 22. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
About The Gift:
Speedy’sThe Gift explores and reflects on romantic relationships, success, as well as spirituality, on an album that spans across genres.
The album is an audacious undertaking. The album oscillates between genres, drawing from his immense Kwaito background, leaning into his soulful Afro-pop sensibilities, and experimenting with afro-house and amapiano influences, to create a unique sound all his own. A good majority of the album is made up of feel-good, upbeat songs drawing heavily from the Amapiano genre.”
The Gift boasts features from fellow industry veterans including Nhlanhla Nciza of Mafikizolo, Durban Kwaito pioneer Professor, as well as the legendary singer and songwriter Ishmael. Other featured artists include Amapiano vocalist and DJ Lady Du, rappers Kid X and AB Crazy as well as vocalist Vuyo Brown and Leon Lee SA.
Overall, Speedy’s The Gift is a display of supreme versatility, as he hops between genres, vocal deliveries, and infectious, compelling production choices that prove his staying power in the industry.