Page 40 - Cemair SkyNews Jun/Jul 2017
P. 40

                                                                                                                                 ensured it’s climbing the charts and jumped   group that has had multi-platinum success   “It was
                                                                                                                                 to number one on iTunes downloads.   and played to sell-out concerts across
                                                                                                                                                                   the globe. He’s also building a veritable
                                                                                                                                 The video that was released for the   independent career. Last year he started   completely
                                                                                                                                 song is a beautiful journey inspired by   writing songs for a solo career. The album
                                                                                                                                 Alice in Wonderland, with a Tim Burton   shall be launched later this year, and   organic – when
                                                                                                                                 twist. Created by Michael J Rix of Magic   includes his duet with Zoid.
                                                                                                                                 Mountain pictures it’s a visual fantasy                                you work with
                                                                                                                                 in which Kahn plays the madhatter and   Over the past 10 years her albums have
                                                                                                                                 Karen, appropriately Alice. Together they go   achieved gold status and she has been   someone it
                                                                                                                                 adventuring.                      awarded a SAMA for Best Female Artist.
                                                                                                                                                                   She’s also performed with international   either works or
                                                                                                                                 “When I tackle a music video I listen to   artists like John Mayer, Annie Lennox,
                                                                                                                                 the song on repeat for a couple of hours,”   Metallica and the Hothouse Flowers. TIME
                                                                                                                                 explains Rix. “Various images and story   Magazine and US News and World Report   it doesn’t.”
                                                                                                                                 elements begin to make themselves known,   have highlighted her role as an icon in
                                                                                                                                 which I guess comes from a combination   South Africa.
                                                                                                                                 of tone, music and lyrical content. As a
                                                                                                                                 filmmaker I try to picture the song in my   In celebration of their collaboration Morbee
                                                                                                                                 head, get a sense of how it feels visually,   and Zoid are on a joint national tour, playing
                                                                                                                                 then tie it all together within the context of a   in Durban and Bloemfontein, plus the
                                                                                                                                 story. For some reason We Could Be Divine   Grahamstown Festival, and two nights at
                                                                                                                                 started suggesting images from the Alice   The Teatro at Montecasino in July.
                                                                                                                                 in Wonderland story, and a slightly twisted
                                                                                                                                 storyline started to suggest itself.”   “Obviously I’m stoked about the tour,” says
                                                                                                                                                                   Zoid. “It’s going to be divine!”
                                                                                                                                 Both Morbee and Zoid have phenomenally
                                                                                                                                 successful independent careers. Morbee is   Tickets available online from
                                                                                                                                 best known as the Parlatones frontman, a

            Photo by Anelia Loubser

                    WORKING TOGETHER

          Karen Zoid and Kahn Morbee’s      The two headlining South African musicians   says Karen Zoid. “Kahn had a basic idea
          first duet We Could be Divine     have for years passed each other in back   and we worked from there. It all just came
                                                                               together in about thirty minutes.”
                                            stage passages and recording studios, but
          hit the charts running and        it wasn’t until last year, when they were
          went straight to number one       working together on the hit TV show, The   “It was completely organic,” adds Morbee.
          on iTunes downloads. CemAir       Voice, that a deeper relationship developed.   “When you work with someone it either
                                                                               works or it doesn’t. We both at heart love the
          Skynews caught up with the        “We immediately clicked,” says Morbee.    song writing process and even though we
          musicians ahead of their          “Our friendship grew beyond just being   each may have a different approach, it still
                                                                               works. Also, we both love the eighties.”
                                            acquaintances and the idea to do a song
          national tour.                    naturally occurred.”
                                                                               The song, a ballad that is distinctly of the
          It’s inevitable a collaboration between Kahn   “We wrote the song We Could Be Divine   now, has a catchy refrain: “in this short
          Morbee and Karen Zoid would be divine.   together backstage in my dressing room,”   sweet life we could be divine,”  that has

         40 | JUNE / JULY 2017 CEMAIR SKYNEWS                                                                                                                                                            CEMAIR SKYNEWS JUNE / JULY 2017 | 41
   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45