Waka delivers on Bigger than Myself

Waka's new album caught a lot of people by surprise. It is one of the few albums on the market getting love without the usual pre-hype.

09 August 2019 | Art and Entertainment

A lot of credit has to be given to Waka for the kind of subject matter he tackles, throughout the album. The production on the album is soulful and mellow. It was produced by S2, Sean Blizzy, Swai, Saint, Thommy and God Son, who contributed to the album with diverse sounds.

The 14-track album features Tate Buti, Top Cheri, Dion from PDK, Exit, TKB and Sunny Boy. I listened to this body of work about three times, as I have the habit of not giving albums a one-listen review. Saying Waka is good at the type of music he makes is an understatement. But truth be told his success as a musician beyond house music, Afro-pop and kwaito eclipses his skill as a commercial artist; I hope this album propels him in the mainstream spotlight.

The album opens with an up-tempo beat song Kashona featuring Tate Buti. A nice way of setting the tone for the album, it is a strange collaboration but the song was well executed.

My favourite track has to be Molinga, a song that narrates the struggles that taxi drivers go through on a daily basis to make ends meet. It is a taxi anthem that if promoted well has the potential of becoming a street anthem.

Going Home featuring Top Cheri was the lead single for this album, the video to this album is on YouTube. I cannot say much about it because you have probably stumbled upon on it already.

Other notable songs to look forward to on this album include Omutima, Ninga Man, Wedding Vows and WakaSunny. Not a lot can be said to discredit the album, however I do believe the track sequencing could have been done better. There are slow tempo songs that are followed by up-tempo songs and it can be a little confusing as to why it was done that way.

Rating: 3/5

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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