Samuel Shines on sophomore album

A review of singer Samuel Shines’ second studio album, ‘Lok’Omuthiya’, released on Friday, 26 November.

09 December 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

Bursting onto the scene in 2019 with his debut album ‘I Am A Winner’, this year, Samuel Shines hit the studio to continue what he started.

Ultimately cooking up a second album that boasts 12 songs with influences from various genres, the singer created an offering with something for almost everyone.

The album features Tate Buti, Drawer (Loco Sounds), Zomblam and Ann Singer, with DJ KBoz, DJ Vuyo, Uncle V on The Beat, Andrew On The Beat, Mr Glo and Sam Batola lending their skills to the production.

‘Lok’Omuthiya’ opens with an uptempo tune ‘Ondjila’ featuring Tate Buti, which sets the tone for the album. Another notable feature to look forward to on this project is ‘Dimako’, which features award-winning songstress Ann Singer.

The song has a subtle kizomba feel to it and the musicians vocally complement each other well while narrating their own love fantasies. If promoted well, ‘Dimako’ has the potential to be one of the biggest love songs this festive season, going on to the love season next February.

Ann Singer was the perfect feature for this song.

Experimental

Another impressive element about this album is that Shines was experimental. For a musician who predominantly does R&B, it is refreshing to hear him on genres like Afropop and a bit of shambo.

On the other hand, though, the offering lacks diversity with regards to production. A lot of the beats sound similar, which makes the album sound monotonous to a certain extent.

I also noticed that the physical copy has 12 tracks while on streaming platforms the album only has 10.

‘Lok’Omuthiya’ is available at all music shops countrywide and on all major digital streaming platforms.

Rating: 3/5

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