Impande Core is one of Jozi's primo cult acts. The Nguni word Impande means root, and it's this rootsy vibe that has seen the band chalk up a staggering following among inner city Jozi's underground. City masses have been singing along to their namanje jo signature ghetto limerick since 2007.
After a three year hiatus, Impande Core is once again in sonic gear. The East Rand-bred band that once unpacked infectious dub and funk at Evolokxion, Black Halloween, Mind Your Head and Roxy's has been reincarnated via 'Carrot Funk' - their newfound sound that arose via a joke by one of the members. Something along the lines of: 'if carrots are good for eyesight, surely carrot funk is great for earsight'.
Having shed some original members, Impande Core currently consists of Smash Mfula (vocals), Nathi Mathunjwa (keys), Ntsiki Matshatshe (rhythm guitar), Simz Tshabalala (drums), Sipho Nkondlwana (sax) and Snaz Biyana (bass guitar).
Known for their get-outta-bed single 'What About You' (which, oddly, has started doing the rounds on Kaya FM, years after release) Impande Core is set to release a five track EP of never-before-heard tracks.
What About You
The latest buzz about town is the band's cover of Pink Floyd's 'Money', featuring the dubby, velveteen vocals of Smash.
Money (Pink Floyd Cover) - listen here
In addition to Core activities, Smash has trodden the house music path with a guest appearance on SAMA winner DJ Clock's project. He also recently fronted experimental kwaito outfit Thathi'Cover, which also featured TKZee family's Gwyza. Keys man Nathi Mathunjwa moonlights as master producer with partner Kuttin' Keith Moyo of Slang Audio - the two have scored the upcoming movie His Majesty's Building directed by Nhlanhla Masondo. Nsiki's side dish has been to riff it hard with trance jazz siren RubyGold.
Clearly a full-on, refocused approach has been adopted - hopefully this will bring the magic of their past, admittedly addled years back, this time to a wider audience. Jozi is waiting with bated breath to indulge in the Carrot juice. Namanje!
by Kagiso Mnisi