Born Richard Mthethwa, as Nozinja he initially comes off as a swashbuckler in spreading the sound — but that's not necessarily a bad thing. With the ten-track project, he maintains a polished vibe and manages to showcase the inimitable sound — which is perhaps better suited to a live context — for an intriguing outing.
The quirky vibe of "Tsekeleke," the unrestrained rave of "Vamaseve Vatswelani" and the relatively slowed down "Wo Va Jaha" are standouts. It's unclear if Nozinja has managed to capture the Shangaan lightning in a bottle for just this outing — and if it will feel played out on future ones. For now, Nozinja Lodge maintains its novel authenticity and stands as a curiosity that is definitely worth a listen. (Warp)