Introducing MoBlack Records new star - Enoo Napa
Enoo Napa is a character making real waves in the scene right now. His sound, a solid fusion of Deep, Tribal and Tech house secured him Traxsource No.17 Afro House Artist of 2016 and his latest remix of C Minor’s ‘Behind the Clouds’ [out now on MoBlack] has even become a staple in Black Coffee’s sets. We wanted to find out more about the exciting Enoo Napa.
Hey Enoo, thanks for chatting to us today! What are you up to right now?
Thank you for having me. Currently, it’s mainly music production, working on original material and remix work. A remix for Dj Merlon titled Reflections (feat. Khaya Mthethwa and legendary South African Dj Black Coffee) out soon on D-Malice’s D.M Records. Another beast coming soon on Moblack records, is a remix I did for C minor for his Behind The Clouds song. Look out for that.
Tell us a little bit about your music, what are your main influences?
I’m South African born, grew up in KwaZulu Natal, Durban in the Townships of Umlazi (Black Coffee is from there too – although in a different section). Started off as a dancer/choreographer in 2002, then slowly got introduced to house music production in 2010. Influences at the time were Culoe De Song with his enchanting sounds. Black Coffee for his simplicity and precision. The freedom of sound was inspired by Atjazz and Stimming. My sound is a brief Tech outlay with constant drums and sometimes chants to echo that Afro sound. It’s raw dance music, that’s energetic and has a cinematic feel to it enough to take the audience on a musical journey through dance music.
A fuse of Afro and Tech and sometimes I throw in some RnB/Pop elements here and there, more so on the vocals.
How did you first get into producing and when did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Around 2008 I started playing around with music production software (Reason & Cubase) after having spent time around a few music production houses in the township, even though they produced/recorded Kwaito and Gospel music. The possibility of making a song from scratch and in the comfort of your own home was fascinating and overwhelming as well. I kept on plugging away, with help from Reason YouTube clips and tutorials (on how to make a house music beat) and finally found what I was looking for around 2010. I knew then, that this is what I want to do, House music. I had the chance to now dance to my own creations. Without any musical education, I worked with what sounds good to my own ears, that’s how I’ve always gone about it, I’d listen to old tapes for guidance, but it’s always been about what sounds good to me. Now I’m sharing all my thoughts, ideas and interpretations with the world and getting really good feedback too.
The Afro House scene is really booming right now! Which artists should we be looking out for?
There are too many to mention, the talent and level of creativity keeps getting better. I’d say, XtetiQsoul, Soulem, Jackson Brainwave, Samurai Yasusa, Kunzima (formally known as Red9), De Cave Man, Infected Soul are definitely ones to watch, all of them hailing from South Africa. Add Ace Mantes and Benny T from Botswana in there too.
Talk to us about your upcoming remix on MoBlack C minor – Behind The Clouds (Enoo Napa Afro Mix)
I’ve put out some of my best and most notable music on the Moblack label – it was only fitting that we continue from where High In Your Love (feat. Zipho) and the Black Queen Afro mix I did on the label left off. This new remix ensures just that and I feel myself and the label have a formidable partnership and understanding. It’s an energetic dance floor filler with stabbing synths and a dark bassline. A raw cut, with a bit of drums and chants on top of a very direct, yet simple Tech foundation.
And finally, what’s your greatest career high to date?
I cherish everything, no matter how little. To be featured in the Best Of ADE 2016 chart was awesome. To have had the opportunity to remix work by Marie Joly and Black Coffee (Gratitude), talented South African trio group Mi Casa and remixes for N’dinga Gaba and Sabrina Chyld (Loving That I Needed) and Oscar P’s – Going… those have been special moments. One of my proudest moments however, was having been named 17th Best Afro House Artist in the year 2016 on Traxsource. To have the number 1 Afro Artist (Hyenah) pick my song as one of his favourites and finally to have had 3 songs featured in the Best 200 Afro House songs in all in 2016.