Executive producer: @siphothegift
Inspired by the deep symbolism he finds in the indigo colour, Sipho the Gift has titled his sophomore album iNDiGO. To him, indigo represents his deepest thoughts and spiritual wisdom while paying homage and staying loyal to his creative processes and muses that have helped to shape the process that has led him to this moment.
“I find the older I grow I still feel like a big kid, figuring it all out - what it means to be young today, what it means to be young and black in South Africa and more importantly reducing what it personally means to be a man. So iNDiGO is just me unpacking it all out into a sonic mind map.”
iNDiGO is an instalment into the exploration of the state of mind of a young lad trying define what it means to be a man (in South Africa). It is a form of introspection and a means of searching for answers. Sipho’s subject matter covers a wide variety of topics such as the immediate socio-political state of our country, love, heartache, mental health. Indigo is the album that Sipho needed to hear as a young black man still trying to mould and define manhood for himself.
“The intro is about combating the narrative that young people are young and lazy. Living in JHB while making this project exposed me to so many young people working hard and hustling with so much against them. We have so much to prove and nothing lose, thats both a blessing and our biggest curse.”
Boy is a chest-thumbing call to action for men to retake the mantle and change the narrative. Sipho is always trying to investigate and redefine manhood for himself outside of the cultural, religious and social structures because he’s not happy with the way it’s been presented to him. That is what Kwedini is about - defining yourself.
“Las Phuma Khona is ode to the townships that made us. I grew up listening to and was nurtured by Kwaito legends such as TKZee, Mandoza, Alaska, Trompies.”
Mansa Musa is about shifting perspectives and realising blessings and wealth you have in your own capacity while Infomercials interlude is about the dream he’s always had of buying his mom a big house and filling it with everything she’s ever wanted. As a kid, Sipho obsessed over ads for kitchen appliances, funeral cover, home and life insurance because they represented, to him, being financially okay. And making sure his mom and those he love are okay has always been the epitome of real success to him.
“Qula is about the the constant struggle of asserting your manhood - ever since I was old enough to talk, I was told what men do and don’t do and encouraged to dominate my peers to prove how much of a man I am. This isn’t just specific to my race as a black man or my culture as Xhosa man in South Africa, it is a universal expression. We impose toxic projections of what it means to be man onto young men and act surprised when they do crazy things desperate to prove themselves.
A Father’s Love is Sipho’s most personal account of the shaky relationship he has with his dad and how it affects him while wanting to be a dad one day. "We’ve never talked about the contents of the song, but this is my attempt to deal with everything the best way I know how”, he laments.
iNDiGO is a graduation from my personal coming of age story to a renaissance of manhood.
With love ✨❤️
SIPHO THE GIFT x OSHOKU - GOOD THINGS COME IN 3S:
Executive producer: @oshxku
Mixed & Mastered: @siphothegift
GTC3 is produced by @oshxku with some additional production by me. It’s in celebration of love and all things related to the passion and intimacy of Valentine’s Day. It’s available on SoundCloud tonight and streaming platforms on Friday 15th. Hope you check it out and enjoy it.
With love ✨❤️