D-Kandjafa drops Kokule

Released on Friday, 30 August, Kokule is jam-packed with 17 songs.

06 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Sometimes it is okay to just listen to some albums and keep your opinions to yourself.

But I can't do that because I listen to music for a living. I will give my honest opinion and I won't let the hype get to me.

I won't say the album is overrated; I won't say it's average and his previous album is better; I won't say there's a whole lot of albums with less hype that are better than it. But I will mention that Just Dance featuring Makila, and Dayina Imwe featuring Hilifa94 and Yakuku are really nice tracks – that is my first opinion.

Moving on, the album is predominantly kwaito. It is one of a few kwaito albums released this year. M-Jay produced 16 of the songs on the album, with Glo from Glo Productions getting credits on track eight - Mariana. I did not want to say anything negative about the album, however I feel like D-Kandjafa could have made better use of Mariana's beat. The instrumental has many facets but the flow is monotonous.

There's something about this album that makes me realise just how selfish I can be.

Here goes: I got two copies (the intention was to give one copy to my cousin who is a fan of D-Kandjafa but I didn't because I feel if he is a true fan then he should buy an original copy from Antonio's Art... don't judge me now… I know I'm not the only one who has pulled such a magical stunt). It's refreshing how artists like D-Kandjafa are just consistent with their craft and they don't treat themselves as gods despite being excellent at what they do.

Other songs that are single worthy include Nge Ndatokola featuring Young T, Metiti featuring Satlam and Longizo and Propaganda featuring Koxxa. I'm in love with these songs as they touch on most emotional spectrums. One of the most personal and expressive albums one could ever come across has to be this one.

My second and last negative opinion about this album is that it is a lengthy album; 17 songs are a lot in today's music climate. Antonio Antonio founder of Deal Done Records to which D-Kandjafa is signed told tjil that he is positive the album is going to do well on the commercial market. “He has been doing music for quite some time now, this is his third album. It really good, on this album you can hear his maturity even though he has always been a good kwaito artist.

“This album is getting the attention we want.

We first ordered 20 000 copies and it is selling well. It is just a matter of time until they sell out,” said Antonio.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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