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Estère - Single/Video Review: Tokoloshe with Raiza Biza

27 Sep 2018 // A review by Shade

In Zulu mythology, a Tokoloshe is a dwarf-like water sprite. It is considered a mischievous and evil spirit that is called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others.

Estère's new track Tokoloshe, featuring Raiza Biza, articulates this perfectly.

With a heart thumping beat that surrounds you completely and is reminiscent of what you may feel during a moment of fear, Tokoloshe grabs at your throat, pounds in your head and tugs on your senses, while the video urges you to watch it until the very end creating a very real need to see every little detail.

Tokoloshe is compelling, intense and convincing. There's elements of panic and terror, yet moments of calm and restraint and it somehow all fits together faultlessly. Estere and Raiza Biza do more than just complement each other - their musical styles collide together precisely, giving Tokoloshe a polished and impeccable sound.

The video was created by 19-year-old New Zealand videographer, Connor Pritchard, and it's a superb and very effective piece of work, delivering a rich portrayal which supplements the music further. It enhances the audience's involvement with the song, giving it a deeper and more profound meaning. The fractured camera glitches and flashes of light add the ideal elements to the video, proving that even the simplest of effects can provide the greatest effect.

There is one thing that this song is guaranteed to make you do, and that is to go and check out Estère and Raiza Biza's other music, and before you know it, you'll be a fan too.


Review written by Lisa Jones

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Estère

Estere doesn’t play music - she creates sonic amalgamations that merge culture, language and legend. She breathes life into narratives that marry the acutely human to the achingly mythic. Her vocals soar and then swoon, beckoning sultrily and opening gates to new interpretations of age-old tales. Estere plays 'electric blue witch-hop', as she calls her dimensions of electronic, folk and R&B. The New Zealand Herald calls it "a beautiful mix of everything the music world is lauding and lusting after right now."

She began her journey as a bedroom producer with an MPC called Lola. Her first album, Estere, released in 2015 via Paris-based record label Prospect, earned her accolades from prominent media outlets such as Elle Magazine (FR) and Portals. In 2018, Estere’s second album My Design, On Others' Lives was championed by Radio NZ as "an exceptional record." Afropunk called it "an immersive experience unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed."

Estere has brought her unique live show - she plays guitar, keyboards, drums - to Europe, Africa and Asia, including slots opening for Grace Jones and Erykah Badu. Estere’s on stage talent and energy has earned her invitations to international festivals including Glastonbury (UK), Afropunk Paris (FR), and Bushfire Festival (Swaziland). She has also headlined sold-out shows in the UK, France and New Zealand.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Estère

Releases

My Design, On Other's Lives
Year: 2018
Type: Album
My Design, Part 1
Year: 2017
Type: Album
New Species
Year: 2015
Type: EP
Estère
Year: 2014
Type: Album

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