xSipping Umthala Album Art

Oct 5, 2020 | Music, Featured, Magazine | 2 comments

xSipping – “UMTHALA”

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xSipping (born 16 September 1993) is a South African music producer and sound engineer based in Soweto.

With a musical background (his brother has the biggest choir in Orlando East) it came as no surprise when xSipping pursued music. He was first introduced to a beat making software called Fruity Loops Studio (FL Studio) by a friend in 2008. He taught himself how to use the software and in 2014 he released his first EP “The Beatsmith Chapters: Unlocking Sounds” and went on to release 4 more instrumental tapes before the well-received project Butter 2 which he collaborated with Vosloorus based artists ASAP Shembe and Fireman. Butter 2 sounds comprised of Kwaito, Hip-hop, Trap and Nguni Energy and received mass support with digital music sales as well as sold out physical copies. The song “Ukhathele” from Butter 2 also topped Ms Cosmo’s The Stir Up show’s chart within a short space of time.

Thereafter xSipping went on to produce a song where artist Bergie Fresh featured Emtee. The song playlisted various music video channels and hit almost 280K views on YouTube.

He then worked on the following collaborative projects: Lost and Free with Thomas Hazey, 1992 with Fireman R5, Amerekere by ASAP Shembe where he produced two songs and recently his debut album UMTHALA.

UMTHALA which means galaxy when translated, is xSipping’s personal project he has been working on for more than a year. This album allows the listeners to experience a side of xSipping they have never met before, maybe caught a glimpse of in Butter 2, 1992 and Amarekere but never in this way. UMTHALA is made up of the newly created Nguni Energy genre which is made up of Kwaito, Hip-hop, Jazz, Mbaqanga, Funk, Maskandi and Township pop. The album also has subtle sounds of trap. The album sounds were influenced by South African greats Chicco Twala, Lebo M, Busi Mhlongo and Spikiri.

Home is a feeling not a place. With this album I wanted people to feel more than anything. I wanted them to feel a nostalgic feeling that reminded them of South Africa, of Africa of home. No matter where they were in the world”. The album is somewhat a passion project for xSipping and is so personal that a song called “Imbokodo” is dedicated to his mother. The album deals with love, spiritual uplifting and life lessons.

UMTHALA is xSipping’s passion project which focuses on making the listeners truly” feel”more than anything. The songs are not limited to any ethnicity, gender or age.

xSipping’s talents are not limited to just music producing, he is also a sound engineer and composes music scores for Mpumelelo “Frypan’ Mfula’s The Mayors” Office and OM Films (Ofentse Mwase Films).

His versatile sound has allowed him the opportunity to work with various artist such as Jonny Joburg, Mashayabhuqe and Roc Nation’s Young Paris just to name a few.

If all the work xSipping has released thus far is anything to go by together with his passion, dedication and consistency he is well on his way to pick up where the legends who have influenced him, have left off.

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2 Comments

  1. Ashley

    New fan alert to xSipping. This is a beautiful story! I should have him on the show. Beautifully written also.

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  2. Madam

    This is amazing! Came across the album, xSipping is really allowing us to live through other musical eras in our own era! What a time!

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