FORGET Bruno Mars, our own crooners Zakes Bantwini, Danny K and Vusi Nova are staging a mini-Motown revival of their own.
By the beginning of November all three should have released their respective new albums. Nova has already thrilled with his version of Etta James's scorcher I'd Rather Go Blind, which was the lead single from his album Walk into Light. We are yet to hear Bantwini's cover of Al Jarreau's Spain, but we already know how mesmeric the original is.
Then there is Danny K, whose new album Good Look features a clubby version of the Stevie Wonder-penned I Can't Help It (granted, Michael Jackson performed it, but you get the point).
Given radio's slant towards pop, would it be safe for us to assume that these songs, with the exception of Nova's, won't be burning up the charts, and would rather make good album songs?
"I still believe there is an audience for Motown – I don't think quality music ages, rather it matures," said Bantwini. "I love the story of Motown, because it wasn't only about a record company putting out music which was different to the normal pop market, but it also gave black musicians the opportunity to share their music with the world."
It appears, as the UK's Independent newspaper said of Mars, that these men are borrowing "from the past" and offering "a very contemporary pop thrill all at once".
Danny K's first experience with music was listening to the likes of Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, and he believes their music is so "timeless" because it included "no elaborate production tricks".
"I think there is and always will be an appreciation of those days which were the golden era of soul music," he said.
"But these days, the paper in which it's wrapped needs to be current enough to survive in the modern music world."
We are not calling it a full-blown Motown revival, but it's a trend to watch.