Review of Tate Buti's Ombulumela. Verdict: Its super

November 18, 2013, 3:59pm

This time Tate Buti is back!

No, really, the legendary Namibian that brought you hits like Kaanave, Ompini, Oteendela, and Osuuka is back!
After a while perfecting Kwiku genre into another level over the last two years, Tate Buti put together a 20-track album, Ombulumela, that will make you dance and celebrate Africa-sound.
This album is a combination of what Tate Buti has been trying to do over the years.
From Track 2, Bozza which is an extension of Morukanda last year, to the most beautiful wedding song, Track 9 One Day featuring Shyman, Tate Buti has finally mastered the authentic new Kwiku sound, and still made it relevant to the Africa we live in now. It’s a language rich album, featuring top-selling Botswana and Zambian artists, Ona and Shyman, respectively.
It’s simple: Music isn’t only about sound, arrangement, instrumentation or singing, it’s about keeping the emotions of your followers. Tate Buti fortuitously reclaims his old fans, while winning new ones with a steadily maturity. If you have loved him before, you will still love him with Ombulumela.
One Day can win any Best Collabo award in any country! I have since placed it on repeat.
Amalia, “ove nda hoolola, I want to make you my lunchbox” will reclaim Tate Buti’s title as king of shebeens and jukeboxes. Amalia, Track 17, is a jam made with time; it drives one into a beautiful trance with its deeply rooted instrumentals that will take you back to your roots.
One of the most appealing aspects about this album is that Tate Buti plays around with different styles of music. He was able to fuse all of this while at the same time keeping it proudly Kwiku, proudly African.
It’s a well put-together album, easy to read and unaffected, but which puts across its message in an artistic way.
The same way, South African duo Mafikizolo took a dive and came back with Khona, a new sound and new beat, Tate Buti has made it by recreating a new beat in Onyofi.
You would think I am exaggerating, listen to it and facebook me your thoughts.
Tate Buti’s music is peculiarly familiar almost removing any form of uniqueness but the difference with this album is that it covers Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Katima Mulilo, not only Wamboland.
An electric guitar melter and drums, ride cymbal being prominent and maintaining a steady rhythmic pattern comes out before Swartbaster comes out. I suddenly feel a lump in my throat and water forms around my sclera. The last time Buti and Swartbaster combined, The Dogg was in it and it was a bomb. This time, minus Mshasho, the two take the Kwiku/Rhumba beat a stage higher in Ombola, Track 14. Get ready to be bothered by Ombola in taxis.
As jy n’ partytjie wil begin Track 10, ‘You can get it’ featuring Tequila, will get you on your feet in no time.
As music lovers reading this, you will understand that, occasionally, an album can simply be a “keeper”, regardless of genre.
It’s the type of album which is really different to the rest of your collection, which gets hauled out when you require a break, or a little discernment, particularly the first four songs.
It is interesting for me to experience music which is sung in languages I know so little about. My experience is based purely on the atmosphere of the song and how well I can connect to it on a musical or emotional level. Tate Buti’s latest is an embracing album.
The captivating voice of Tate Buti is the thread that binds the songs together. Somehow, he sounds mature and eager to keep his fans, listen to Lamana Lapwa for instance, featuring run-away buddy Nakale. It’s a song and a half.
I happen to like the simplicity of Kwiku, which satisfies without being overtly pretentious. Tate Buti has enough experience and talent to keep the songs interesting and the riffs catchy. Tate Buti and Kamati on Omulava lava makes this recording feel impactful. Thiers is a match made in heaven.
Somehow he didn’t do his homework with Diop on Hole Yange but I know many will like the chorus. Tate Buti’s biggest weakness on this album is the song list arrangement. I think he just throws them randomly and at times it confuses the listener because songs like Number One should actually be towards the end because they are mellow. His song with Shyman could have been my album opener.
Anywhere, Namibians have their own way of partying that is unique to us and this record captures that uniqueness to perfection.
Here’s to more memories being made at weddings, parties and chill-sessions with Tate Buti loud in the background.
Rating: 94/100
Best tracks: “Bozza,” “Amalia”, “One Day”, “You can get it”, “Ombola”, “Omulava lava”.