The dancing and singing boy-band trio that popularized the phrase “Dirty Kandeshi” will release a new album this week, one of many Omalaeti Music releases this month. PDK’s album, one of the most anticipated albums of the year, is a follow-up to last year’s successful Kulupa Nayo and after a marketing campaign that might have been to keep fans in the dark as much as possible about the project until about a month ago, their ninth album, Kekaku is finally ready for the radio.
Throughout the years, the band has held a constant theme: Patrick’s melody, Dion’s lyricism and Kamtonyo’s bass, with production quality improving. With this new album, the boys get a little more experimental than usual. This is quintessential in track seven, ‘Kulumata ft Sandra Blak’ which essentially deviates from their more rural-with-an-Afropop-touch sounds to the house genre that has swept the clubs.
PDK manages to fuse their unique style onto the track however. As the songs roll on, you notice that Kekaku, which means ‘on the boot’ or ‘shoe’ does not hold one universal meaning for the album, but gets manipulated, depending on the song and mood. In the intro track ‘Kukulunhu’ invites listeners to take a walk in their shoes. While on the title track, Kekaku featuring Tate Buti warns where you will find yourself if you fail to study, mess with someone stronger than you or pretty much under fail at anything in life: under the boot. Track 11 (Talibaza) Kamtonyo calls on fans to dance until the boots age.
With their willingness to experiment with production on songs such as ‘Shimati Shapama’, which just might be the best song on the album, it shows that PDK are sonically maturing. However, one or two songs feel too repetitive and just feel like modern rehashes of their old songs. It could definitely have benefited from a trimming, as it is doubtful people will have the attention span required to sit through a 20-track-album.
Although Kekaku is not PDK’s best offering to date, it certainly has enough gems in it to make the coming December holiday something to anticipate.