3 produced by Zolile Matikinca
12 produced by Magabo
13 produced by Sibot
all others produced by Ricky Bushula
all lyrics Teba
released February 8, 2013
Teba The Original Social Worker is a Reggae artist based in Cape Town, South Africa and his love for the arts started in community theatre.
He was born and raised in Gugulethu township, Cape Town then moved for a few years to Johannesburg where he started recording in 1996 with the Kwaito band Skeem. They were awarded a SAMA (South African Music Awards) for Best Township Pop with their debut hit song Waar Was Jy?
His music deals with social justice, universal love and songs of inspiration. Always championing the cause of the voiceless, this has made him a favourite role model for community events involving the arts. His performance is nothing short of electric and massive.
On returning to Cape Town in 2003, he collaborated with African Dope Records. The result was the album entitled African Dope Sound System - an Electro/Dub/Reggae/Dancehall Compilation, where he featured as a Ragga MC and as a bassist. Also featured were artists Black Dillinger, Zoro, Chronic Clan, Crosby, Alcapone-JJ, Jesse Dan, Red Lion, Juan Thyme and DJ Dope aka Fletcher.
In 2004 Teba decided to joined forces with producer Grenville Williams from High Voltage Entertainment, to start work on his solo debut album 20-5-2-1 Manifesto. Dubmasta China and EJ von Lyrik feature on production duties as well. The album was released in the same year and features guest artists EJ von Lyrik, Tumi Molekane (from Tumi & The Volume), Shameema (from Godessa), Crosby, Daddy Spencer, Gingacobra, Ras Sugah and Dj Azuhl. The music on the album ranges from Roots Reggae to Afrobeat to Dancehall, Hip Hop and Funk and that is very evident in Teba’s performances as well. One of the tracks Gatyeni, is featured on a Geman compilation of Reggae and Dancehall from Africa, called African Rebel Music (OutHere Records).
He has performed at major international festivals including The Wurzburg Afrika Festival in Germany, and Rototom Reggae Sunsplash in Italy, as well as France, Reunion Islands, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, and Finland.
In studio work, he also features on the compilations Rogue State Of Mind (2006) and Rogue State Of Mind Part 2 (2008), a collaboration between South African and Swiss Hip Hop artists and producers.
The Roots Riders (from The Netherlands) also feature Teba alongside EJ von Lyrik and Seven Raggasouljah on the track Big Up, which is available on their 2009 collaborative album So Much More – Songs Of Redemption Part 2. The track was produced by Darin G and Seven Raggasouljah.
Teba is currently working with some of South Africa’s most musically gifted musicians such as EJ von Lyrik on vocals, Grenville Williams on bass, Carlo Thompson on guitar, Sean Ou Tim (aka Mr Sakitumi) on samples and keys, Darren Petersen on drums, Mpumi Sizani on backing vocals, DJ Dubmasta China (aka Seven Raggasouljah) on vocals and percussion and Ricky Bushula on keys. His new album Voice Of Azania is currently in the pre-production stage and will be released before the end of 2010. Look out for the new material at the gigs and you will have an idea of the new album.
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