Penny Penny – Shaka Bundu
Long, long time ago, people would discuss their musical interests, pass around mixtapes, and share accounts of crate diving at record stores around the world. Fast forward to modern day; the internet has everything; music streaming services are a dime a dozen, and the “algorithm” has replaced the recommendations from friends. For the most part, I have come to enjoy the fact that algorithms can match my taste to new music, I do from time to time appreciate a recommendation from friends. In the case of Penny Penny and his record Shaka Bundu, I was made aware of the album by go-to Chicago Barber Rachel; side note, if you are in Highland Park on the weekends, she is excellent. Rachel gave me a quick overview of his sound and why the album was a must have. Without even having a listen, I bought it from Amazon. While I will be the first to admit, I don’t love every part of the album; I do appreciate the story behind Penny Penny and his rise from poverty in South Africa. I also learned more about Tsonga South Africa and how his song “Shichangani” is a classic example of the style known as Tsonga disco and can tell how artist like Black Coffee and Diplo have sampled this sound and adjusted it for a modern era.
Why You Should Listen & Buy This Record
It is fun summer party music, it is something your guests might say, “what is that” or “what the hell are you playing.” Both situations are great for me, it is all about exploring new music.