Shimza Releases New EP “Fight For Love”

Award-winning music producer, DJ and South African singer, Shimza whose real name is Ashley Raphala who recently has been best known as "Twar Specialist" is back to doing music.

Shimza Releases new EP "Fight For Love"
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Award-winning music producer, DJ and South African singer, Shimza whose real name is Ashley Raphala who recently has been best known as “Twar Specialist” is back to doing music.

Shimza who got into a heated exchange with former DA leader Mmusi Maimane, has just released his “Fight To Love” EP, which includes remixes by Louie Vega and Floyd Lavine

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I started working on it quite a while back, around May. Then we sent the track to Maleh, who wrote beautiful lyrics and she vibed with the track and did the vocal recording.

“Fighting for Love is always worth the fight, even in the different spheres of life you always have to fight for what you love, and this track is explaining fighting for a love that is free, love that can’t be replaced, love you can’t forget, and this is love that people have or wish to even have,” said Shimza.

Shimza is globally recognised as one of South Africa’s most celebrated musical exports, breaking out onto the world’s electronic circuit with his self-styled Afro-Tech sound.

Speaking on how a single became a six-track remix EP, Shimza said: “We only release EP’s on my Kunye label, so we added a second track and our aim at Kunye is always to work with remixers from outside of Africa to connect to a wider audience globally.”

Taking the original to a late-night dimension, Vega seamlessly introduced his inimitable New York house groove, while keeping the original’s essence intact.

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“I like and enjoy all of them since they all bring their style and flavour to the track.

“I can’t pick a favourite because when I play them on my sets and people respond very well to them. I just hope that people can connect with the music and the sound the same way I did while creating this EP,” added Shimza.

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