PDK Album Kulupa Nayo Review: Fresh and crisp

November 20, 2013, 11:33am

Fresh and crisp – that’s the kind of sound that I always look out for when I write my reviews and I’ve got to admit that PDK gave me exactly that, and more than I expected!
It’s always refreshing to review a CD that brings something unique to the mix.
PDK’s new album, Kulupa nayo lends itself towards a more ‘vibey and joyful sound’; whilst still retaining the PDK flavour that the country has loved from the onset.
What intrigues me about PDK is how each member creatively brings in his own distinctive sound to create a soulful blend, with an element of live music, especially the beat.
All eyes are forever on PDK to deliver another smash record, after their year-after-year hit releases.
There is no denying the Nigerian sounds, and its huge potential internationally, starting with Zambia.
My highlight on the album showcases Track 2, Patololola, following up on Kanangale; while Kwasa adds some azondo style engraved with
beats that create an interesting and listenable blend of deep Rhumba-Naija and local beats.
If you feel kinda groovy and you want to jam, you’ll certainly enjoy ‘Kwasa’. The fact that Patrick Namlishes english makes some of the tracks kinda unique, especially those with the Nigerian beat.
This is definitely a must have album, and be warned… it will grow on you!
It’s an album ensured to keep PDK at the top of the Namibian food chain for a while, listen to Shyman’s Are you single remix on track 5, and check how addictive the chorus, ‘single to mingle,’ is.
It’s the trio’s best kept secret; For Patrick music is melody, to Dion lyrics aren’t difficult, he is the Jet Li of verses, and for Kamutonyo, the beat should give the freedom for a good dance-move, he perfects each choreography according to the melody and the lyrics.
Hence even you can sing the choruses, “ouw wow wo, ouw wo ouw wow,” on Patolola which to me replaces the anthem, ‘prikititi bam bam.’
In a nutshell, this album is universal, persuasive and necessary.
The chemistry between producer, Glo, and the trio cannot be underestimated.
Set against the infusion of African-style beats, Runaway (track 14) featuring Glo tends towards simplicity and integrity. This is going back to the nuts and bolts of music and creating something of substance from the rawness.
Few musicians can do this and still create a product as powerful as Kuliwa. I can bet my salary, this will be the song for December.
Kuliwa has already gone viral, dominating local radio stations before the album arrived. It will be blazing on almost all radio stations, if not for Christmas.
Many youngsters will have a personal connection with ‘Be You’. It’s rated R and might never be played on any national station but Dion seemed to have a lot of young people in his mind when he penned the lyrics.
The album was well made, well produced and I just couldn’t skip a track!
Having said that, I distaste that the album has 20 songs, that’s too damn long. I also felt like Super Star featuring Foxy was the weaker one, but bar this, Kulupanayo comes close to perfection, Oyoyo being the pinnacle, throwing the rest of the album off kilter with Summer Party featuring Kamasutra. Great jams!
If you enjoy the likes of P Square, Bracket, then you will enjoy this album. I usually review the latest releases, but I couldn’t resist to share this one. If you’re not a fan of this kind of music, then this is one album that could possibly open up new areas of musical interests for you. All in all, I’ve enjoyed this album, I give it a stamp of approval, a must have. Lol…Enjoy.
Kulipa nayo is due in leading stores and Mama Fresh outlets country-wide on November 20.
Rating: 92/100
Best tracks: “Kuliwa,” “Patolola”, “Kulupanayo”, “Kwasa”, “Runaway”, “Oyoyo”