Andile Qongqo releases second album

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Andile Qongqo PHOTO: Fikile SAMELA

After a successful album launched in 2018 with the title Q Signature, Andile Qongqo (aka Andile Q) has struck again.

He has released a new album, titled Afro Qeys on 16 April 2021 at a virtual launch, which can be streamed from Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and Deezer.

The African pianist released five previous singles before starting with his latest album. Andile Q said the name, Afro Qeys, comes from the word “African” and “Keys/Keyboards”. He decided to write it in a creative effect, “As the first letters of my name and surname are A and Q”.

This album differs from the first album. Where the first one was a solo piano, this one has drums and bass to the piano, except for the last song, called “Masibakhusele”. “Masibakhusele” happens to be the most significant song in the album because it means “Lets protect them”. The song is to call out men to start protecting women and children, and, more importantly, to stop hurting them.

When the musician was asked what inspired him to be an Afro pianist, he said, “I have always wanted to tell African stories through music, and specifically those I know personally or have been affected by. African stories are usually told by Westerns to Africans, I just wanted African stories to be told by an African, to Africans.”

In the recent years, the amazing Bloemfontein-born pianist has played for jazz legends such as Tom Knific from the United States of America and Mlungisi Gegana from South Africa. He has also outdone himself when he was directing music for productions that included stars like Angelique Kidjo, Gloria Bosman, Loyiso Bala and Elvis Blue.

Andile Q’s first album, Q Signature was nominated for four categories by the Mzantsi Jazz Awards in 2019: Best Jazz Album; Best Contemporary Album; Best New Comer In Jazz, and Best Male: Jazz. Currently, he is busy with his touring schedule while also working on orchestrating African music.

One of Andile Q’s wishes is playing and directing music with an all-star African band on the world’s biggest stages.

Corn Koteli
tshehla@mahareng.co.za