“Mina Nawe” by Soa Mattrix is one of the artists most successful releases, reaching multi-Platinum status and garnering over 14 million streams on Spotify alone.
The exquisite music video which followed the single has received more than 1.9 million views and it is still growing.
Now, the single finds global influence as UK based DJ and Producer, Francis Mercier picks up the song to rework it for the global audience.
“Mina Nawe” started to gain recognition from international stars such as Black Coffee, Gorgon City, Vintage City, and many more and this led to various artists embracing the wave and this led to Francis Mercier working the single for the global audience.
In the remix, he provides the track with a “new lease of life through his signature worldly toolkit which is rich in both texture and rhythm”.
Francis has proven over the years his ability to connect the dance community through his vibrant sound and touch.
His rework is a showcase of what cross-cultural and sonic possibilities lie outside of the South African and Haitan Diasporas.
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ABOUT SOA MATTRIX
Born in Diepkloof in Soweto, Producer and DJ Soa Mattrix (born Mandla Mashakeni) developed a fondness for music very young.
He comes from a musical family from his father’s side, a renowned guitarist within his community. Soa’s days at Diepdale High School got him involved in both filming and musical activities.
Although his shine came in the Amapiano era, he first took a shine in house music production and melody progression.
He became a hit-producing artist when his top charting song titled “Uthando” with a local vocalist was well received and turned into an Amapiano anthem.
The evidence of this was when the tune stayed in the leading charts for the entire 5 months.
This followed the release of his own debut album titled “Sounds of Africa” in 2019 which he described as a dream come true to his career.
In 2021, Soa Mattrix successfully teamed up with one of the influential producers in the country, DJ Maphorisa to release a very successful joint project titled Tintswalo.
The extra popular tracks there include Umama Akekho, Idlozi, and Dropline, among others. Its total streaming of only around the content exceeded over 5 million. So far, he has worked with several South African celebrated artists like Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Sir Trill, Nkosazana Daughter, Emotionz DJ, Soulful G, etc.
“Mina Name did not only sit on all radio stations’ top playlists but it also was played in all the clubs by Club DJs pulling force to get the crowd on the dance floor. Its YouTube streams alone exceeded 2 million views in less than 2 months and currently sits on over 11 million views.
The Music Video which was shot by Nigel Stokies details a love story between a couple that is preparing to get married. We explore Soa traveling over to the woman’s family house to ask for her hand in marriage from the family, but they seemingly happen to be against it.
ABOUT FRANCIS MERCIER
Haitian DJ and producer Francis Mercier has been reshaping the house music landscape with a culturally and ethnically rich sound that comprises deep, melodic, and worldly elements.
He does so by carrying on his mission to bring together sounds and artists from all corners of the world.
Francis and his label Deep Root Records have been interviewed and featured in Forbes, Billboard, DJ Mag, Meta for Business, and other publications.
Francis has reached #2 on Beatport’s Top 10 overall chart, the Beatport Top 10 Best Selling chart, received airplay on Tomorrowland One Radio, Diplo’s Revolution on SiriusXM, Radio FG, BBC Radio 1 (Pete Tong/Danny Howard/Jeremiah Asiamah), and loads more support and coverage on other stations across the globe.
He has released music with Sony, Columbia, Universal, Tomorrowland, Mad Decent, Higher Ground, Insomniac, Armada, and Realm Records with Diplo, Major Lazer, Gorgon City, BLOND:ISH, Magic System, Amadou & Mariam, Roland Clark, Black Uhuru, and other Grammy award-winning, internationally renowned acts.
Black Coffee, Vintage Culture, Pablo Fierro, Keinemusik, Rüfüs Du Sol, Claptone, and other artists have supported his music alongside Disney, Porsche, IBM, Snapchat, Netflix, the UFC, and other globally recognized brands that have licensed his music.
His flair, originality, and energizing stage presence have also brought him to iconic festivals such as Coachella, EDC Vegas, and stages in Paris, London, Ibiza, Dubai, New York, Beirut, Karachi, Marrakech, Los Angeles, and many other cities around the world.