Mi Casa on playing for Obama, whirlwind success and being SA's ambassadors
I first saw Mi Casa doing a corporate gig in Newtown, playing to a crowd of overdressed yuppies with enough bling to blind you into the twilight zone.
It seemed as if these cool cats were going to be lost at these ‘look at me’ people, but as soon as vocalist J-Something upped his vocals, people started paying attention.
“We remember that gig so clearly.”
I’m sure they do. They barely had a stage to play on and they still rocked out.
“We were so nervous ‘cause it was definitely a crowd we had not played to at that time. But it turned out so well. It always feels great to look back and see how we have grown.”
Now, Mi Casa, made up of J-Something, producer Dr. Duda, and trumpeter Mo-T, will be heading to the States to play at US president Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 21.
“It’s crazy for us. You know we have managed to achieve a lot of things in a short space of time and many things have blown us away, and yes you right this has completely blown our minds.
“We just so excited to be representing South Africa and Africa as a whole. It’s a whole new level of exposure for us and for our country.”
Mi Casa quickly shot from nothing to the hottest group in the country. The group’s second album Micasa Music took the SAMAs for Best Dance Album, Group Of The Year, and Record of the Year.
It has been a whirlwind of success for the group.
“If we could describe it so easily then we would tell you, but man it has been incredible.
“We have seen things we never dreamt of seeing, experienced emotions that we thought we would never get to feel, and seen so many smiles across the globe to make us feel so blessed.
“The journey has been blessed and beyond our expectations.”
The game plan, say J-Something and Mo-T, is to go to the US and show what South Africa is really about.
“To showcase our talent and to link up with some important people.”
They hope to meet the man himself. “We’re certainly going to try our best. We’re just so damn excited!”
Mi Casa sees themselves as ambassadors of the country in times like these.
“We’re not seeing this as a Mi Casa show, but rather an opportunity to showcase South Africa… it’s a sound that showcases South Africa, also it’s a mix between race and culture, which is a big part of South Africa.
“We want to get as much exposure as possible for South African music and for Mi Casa – we’re just proud that our country is proud of us!”
Aside from this milestone, there is a new album on the horizon and the boys are looking forward to 2013.
“We are so excited for this year. A new album, overseas tours, South African tours, a live DVD… So much coming for our fans!
“We want to thank everyone for an amazing journey.
“None of this is possible without our fans. They know they are the best fans in the world! Here is to 2013, an incredible year for all of us!”