A living legacy of the cultural struggle during apartheid is collaborating with a bright young icon of modern pop culture. Love it or hate it: you can’t deny that the pairing of Toya Delazy and Dr David Kramer has novelty on its side.

Voting these two into the Xperia Mashlab was a fairly risky, not to mention entirely unprecedented move, with the potential to lead to an utterly mind-blowing creation, or to unfathomable disaster.

But if they can get this one right: combining the skills of one bright young star and one household legend shouldn’t give us anything less than phenomenal.

Both players are prominent enough that any move on their part will receive meaningful of attention, and in all honesty, Kramer can do no real harm. Stylistically speaking however, the two are worlds apart.

“It has wonderful potential and I think we’re probably coming to this project from such different points of view and such different kinds of skills. So it’s going to be very interesting,” says Kramer upon hearing the news.

Known for his early opposition to apartheid folk legend David Kramer is a stellar songwriter and bilingual performer.

Known for his early opposition to apartheid folk legend David Kramer is a stellar songwriter and bilingual performer.

Softly spoken and unassuming, Kramer walks into the room in a tweed suit and woven boater. He carries a worn in guitar case. In it rests an instrument almost as famous as it’s owner.

Left alone for but a few moments, he begins to play to himself, murmuring in gentle Afrikaans. It is this seamless bilingualism that is responsible for part of his immense fame: the rest can be accounted for by his 17 albums and 13 musical productions.

Switch on any album and Kramer’s crooning vocals have listeners convinced they’re in a private audience with the man. Delazy’s synthesized anthems, on the other hand, are made for stadium-sized and energy exuding audiences.

Renown for her quirky aesthetic and fun-filled track, Delazy is a fierce contender in the pop industry.

Delazy bounds into the room. Dressed in a ram-head necklace and boldly rimmed glasses, she exudes confidence and excitement.

A veritable firecracker, she smashed onto the scene four years ago and instantly made the pop industry her own.

Stylistic differences aside: there are more than a few generations between the pair, not to mention a socio-political context that is light-years apart.

“I’ve been convinced it’s an exciting project. To have the opportunity to work with young people is always a great thing for me and to push the boundaries and explore unknown territory is what I like doing,” continues Kramer.

If these two can cut through the muck that separates them: we’ll be well impressed, not to mention thrilled to see our living legends given new and re-imagined prominence in a modern music industry that too often forgets them.

 

 

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