Shimza and Aloe Blacc join forces to present “Darling”

Written by on 5 March, 2024

Afro-Tech innovator Shimza is back with his powerful new single ‘Darling’ featuring Aloe Blacc, out now on Helix Records.

‘Darling’ builds around a mellow synth-laden groove, showcasing the signature Afro-Tech sound that Shimza has pioneered. Featuring Aloe Blacc’s fresh and soulful vocal take on Ben E. King’s 1961 classic ‘Stand By Me’, this is a track that exudes both timelessness and innovation.

Since the smash success of EDM game-changer ‘Wake Me Up’ with Avicii as well as huge solo success with singles such as ‘The Man’Aloe Blacc‘s powerful vocals have been sought out by countless big-name DJ/producers including GryffinDavid Guetta and many more. His soothing, energetic blend of pop, R&B, classic soul and, at times, Caribbean sounds (a nod to his Panamanian roots) is unmistakable, bringing star power to any track it touches.


The new single release comes at a momentous time for Shimza, having just played a sold out KOKO London show on 9th February, while working through his intercontinental tour dates across the US, Europe, Africa and South America, including a much-anticipated Cercle Festival appearance at the unique venue of the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget. Shimza is truly a star that has risen, and can now be seen in every corner of the electronic music world.

Unquestionably one of South Africa’s brightest talents, Shimza real name Ashley Raphala has established himself as a leading light and one of the true roots of the global Afro-Tech scene, expanding the genre’s reach worldwide.

The Tembisa-born DJ, producer and promoter’s rise to fame is littered with accomplishments, too numerous to list. But if you ask him, one of his most significant accomplishments has been launching and hosting his “One Man Show” event brand – a large scale outdoor party held every Christmas Day to raise funds for underprivileged children, which has showcased some of South Africa’s hottest artists including AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Black Coffee, Mi Casa, Black Motion and many more.



Shimza Live Dates

1st March: Ultra Festival, Cape Town

2nd March: Ultra Festival, Johannesburg

15th March: Massif Winter Festival, Romania

16th March: SXM Festival, Saint Marteen

21st & 22nd March: WMC Miami

22nd March: Spy Bar, Chicago

23rd March: The Chocolate Factory, NYC

29th March: Unlimited Festival, Chamonix

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