It is always a refreshing feeling listening to a new artist. I am constantly reminded of how deep the talent in South Africa goes. All it takes is just opening your ears and taking the effort to explore outside of the mainstream music we are constantly bombarded with daily.
Michael Nereus is precisely one of those exciting new talents that I believe deserve your time. Born Pako Bathobakae, he is a singer, songwriter, and producer who hails from Mahikeng in the North West. His sound is inspired by the likes of Majid Jordan and Frank Ocean. His artistic inclinations lean into slow jam and moody, atmospheric productions. In 2016, he released his first song via SoundCloud titled “Selene.” The record earned him attention from Zigi Ndlhovu, creator of love: The Web Series, and was later featured in the series soundtrack. Since then, Michael has worked with “Phanda Mo” producer Slim BLVD and received nods from industry heavyweights Khuli Chana, Ganja Beats, and the Major League DJs.
“Are you still friends with your ex” relationship breakups can be messy; sometimes they end amicably, and sometimes you leave that situation wanting absolutely nothing to do with your ex. For Michael, however, the answer to that question is simple, where his ex-girlfriends are concerned, “don’t hold my hand.”
Mahikeng native and industry newcomer Michael will make his official music debut this year with his EP Antimony. As the EP’s producer, singer, and songwriter, “Don’t hold my hand” shares Michael’s intimate and smooth writing style and musicality.
Like many, Michael Nereus derives a benevolent bitterness with lyrics like, “Oh my darling, don’t you come around here” While acknowledging that concluded relationship can still be reminisced over with lyrics like “Those eyes when you’re staring, that’s my weakness.”
Be sure to check out the single, which is out right now on all streaming platforms, and the EP, still to come.