The frontman of the Parlotones, Khan Morbee, is an exceptional musician who has contributed enormously to the success of the rock genre in South Africa. Morbee has released their third solo album, A suicidal world on September 23 and explained that the album was scheduled for release last year, but with some free time due to the COVID-19 lockdown, he started “playing” with the album.

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Khan Morbee shared with IOL that his 12-track album A suicidal world was ready for release in March of last year. His original plan was to release the album and tour in June / July, but unfortunately for him the COVID-19 pandemic hindered him.

He “parked” the album and when he had some free time he started to “play” with it and he realized something.

“As I ‘played’ I realized that the album lacked a common thread, something that stuck it all together so the listener would know that there was a certain ‘something’ that gave the songs a collective personality. “


The 43-year-old musician passionately noted that breathing does not inspire him because it is automatic and necessary for his survival. He continued to speak deeply about his inspirations.

“I guess I’m inspired by the fact that I naturally have the tools to create something out of thin air and still derive immense joy from the process. If inspiration is presented as a subject, it is always about the human, experiential and observational journey.

Morbee described the sound of his album as follows: “A Beatles vinyl left on a Fleetwood Mac vinyl to the left on top of a REM vinyl left in the trunk of the 1970s split-window VW combi.”

“There’s an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a vintage mic, and a trash vocoder in the backseat.”

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Scarecrows and COVID-19 containment

In the first single from the album, titled All the beauty, Morbee changed the original lyrics to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lyrics of the song say, “There is a scarecrow standing in the middle of the street. Everyone is playing hide and seek. Every day seems exactly the same.

He explained that the essence of the song is to accept that life is a series of ups and downs despite the obstacles we face. “The experience of life itself is beautiful,” he said.


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