Renowned producer and songwriter Robbie Malinga visited Port Elizabeth last week as part of a national tour to promote what he said would be his fifth and final studio album, The Duets.
The Soweto-born musician, who has worked with the likes of Zahara, the late Jabu Khanyile and Ntando, said the new album came as a result of popular demand from fans who wanted some of his greatest collaborations on one project.
“The Duets is a 12-track album and a combination of some of the biggest duets I’ve done over the years. Public demand was the main motivating factor that led to my decision to release this album. People love the duets, which have appeared on various albums, and when they meet me they always ask why I don’t have all of them on a single project.”
Some of the favourite songs that have been included on the album include Sobabili, with Kelly Khumalo, Bengirongo which features Zahara and Sokwenzekenjani, with Naima Kay.
The project also includes seven new songs which, Malinga said, were added for value and to introduce two new artists he’d been working with, Karabo and Maxi.
Malinga’s promotional tour began three weeks ago in KwaZulu-Natal and then progressed to Mpumalanga, followed by Limpopo and then down to the Eastern Cape where he visited East London before appearing in Port Elizabeth.
The next leg of the tour is in the North West province after which he is in the Free State.
Malinga said the reception in Port Elizabeth had been great.
“The love that I’ve been receiving from people has been amazing.
“People love what I’m doing and I’m really thankful for that, even older people appreciate the music and it assures me that I’m still on the right track.”
He said his decision to step back behind the scenes was motivated by a desire to develop new talent.
“This is my last album. I feel a bit stronger behind the scenes writing songs, producing and grooming new talent.
“I feel that the experience I’ve gained in the industry so far can help upcoming talent and that is why I’ve made the bold statement to say let me step back.”