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If you had to stop and take a breathe and survey the South African music scene, you would be pretty pleased to find the range, diversity and the level of professionalism it possesses. But as soon as you’ve taken that breathe, Sergeant Fu is a band that comes along every so often, and manages to wrestle it away from you.

From the brainchild of Matthew Marinus - previously of Fevertree fame and “that guy who helped out Zebra & Giraffe with drums” on their first album - comes the debut album of Sergeant Fu.

In collaboration with Ryno Zeelie (Matthew’s Figure of 8 Production’s business partner, flatmate and also no stranger to the SA music and theatre scene), the two have masterfully produced this debut album - all in the comfort of their own home ... in fact, they took time out to record when their mates weren’t sleeping on the couch!

Sergeant Fu is unique to the SA music scene with its unmistakably “tongue-in-cheek” approach, its light-hearted lyrics and predominantly Pop-based beats ... well, it’s considered unique for an English album in South Africa in any case! Even though SF relates its style to “that guy at Hillfox with his 2-string guitar”, and influences stemming from the likes of Backstreet Boys and William Hung (that Chinese guy from American Idol), the reality is that the lyrics are closer to that of Relient K (or any similar Pop-Punk band), and a sound that is able to be altered for every song’s situation.

The originality of the band shines through with its ability to maintain its humourous side with regular overlays of laughters, quirky sound effects and joking voice overs, coupled with distinctive lyrics that regularly reminds listeners of the “fun” approach taken with the album.

Within the multitude of themes found within the album, one aspect remains constant - the fact that there is an “awkward” / self-conscious situation that everyone will be able to relate to in an honest, heartfelt way.

All in all, this self-titled debut initiative by Sergeant Fu is a feel-good album, aimed at bringing light and happiness to our everyday, routine-filled lives. Sergeant Fu takes no time at all at winning over your heart, and will undoubtedly become one of the most loved albums in your collection.