Johannesburg, April 15: Cape Town based Karabo Mokgatle or Dada Shiva, known for his “confident lyrical flow and hard hitting bars” (Red Bull Studios) returns in 2019 with a brand new EP set to blow things out of the water. The 12- track release – #”E55NCE” is about “looking beyond the surface of occurrences and understanding their core nature”.
Dada Shiva’s sound explores the construction of polarity through the projection of multiple personalities within single tracks. “Dada” is both a reference to the classic title of address, “Da don Dada,” and Dadaism, an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th Century.
Dada explains – “Each number projects it’s own sort of influence on the perception of those listening, thus affecting the character of their will. This is one of the processes by which I explore the #E55NCE of all things on the project, a study of the numbers that force their way in whether it be by the length of a song, it’s number in the listing, or the number of bars present.
The brand new release, #E55NCE, explores the true meaning of things, the parts that make the whole. Dada Shiva explores this relationship sonically and lyrically on each track, against a tapestry of numerical patterns – bringing light to the old adage – “one man sees a simple sequence, where another sees the secrets of the universe”.
By Ziyanda Yono