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Siphiwe Zwane

“We gon take a sharp left turn, very sharp. Stay with us”
Undoubtedly one very sharp left turn was taken by Kwesta in the lead up to the release of DAKAR 2. Kwesta announced that he is releasing a double disc; a feat that has been scarce in SA hip hop history with the last double disc released being “The Principal” by Amu in 2010.
Dakar 2 contains 22 tracks, which is a lot to digest in a hip hop album, especially in South Africa’s current hip hop landscape, where singles are prioritized over complete bodies of work. I thought the album would be overwhelming and difficult to digest, I kept thinking, “There are 18 more tracks to get through!” Despite my skepticism, it was definitely worth checking out.
Ameen assists Kwesta on the opening track, “The Fire” which is a relentless exhibition of what a hot rapper Kwesta is. The album swings seamlessly into the next track “Ggg” and the domino effect continues as “Tjovitjo” eases in as well at track 3. The mixing of the album is so stellar that the listener forgets the number of tracks and just gets lost in how smooth the album flows.
The discs are separated by the sound and feel of the songs. Disc 1 contains more hood, more cohesive and harder raps. Disc 2, which has the runaway hit “Ngud’” with Cassper Nyovest, is more experimental and upbeat with producers like Psyfo, 6eats and DJ Maphorisa of Uhur ... Read Full Review

“We gon take a sharp left turn, very sharp. Stay with us”
Undoubtedly one very sharp left turn was taken by Kwesta in the lead up to the release of DAKAR 2. Kwesta announced that he is releasing a double disc; a feat that has been scarce in SA hip hop history with the last double disc released being “The Principal” by Amu in 2010.
Dakar 2 contains 22 tracks, which is a lot to digest in a hip hop album, especially in South Africa’s current hip hop landscape, where singles are prioritized over complete bodies of work. I thought the album would be overwhelming and difficult to digest, I kept thinking, “There are 18 more tracks to get through!” Despite my skepticism, it was definitely worth checking out.
Ameen assists Kwesta on the opening track, “The Fire” which is a relentless exhibition of what a hot rapper Kwesta is. The album swings seamlessly into the next track “Ggg” and the domino effect continues as “Tjovitjo” eases in as well at track 3. The mixing of the album is so stellar that the listener forgets the number of tracks and just gets lost in how smooth the album flows.
The discs are separated by the sound and feel of the songs. Disc 1 contains more hood, more cohesive and harder raps. Disc 2, which has the runaway hit “Ngud’” with Cassper Nyovest, is more experimental and upbeat with producers like Psyfo, 6eats and DJ Maphorisa of Uhuru fame on board.
The features on the album are abundant, counting 14 acts including the duo T.L.T, Kwesta recently signed to his label Urban Entertainment. Tracks like “Kokotela” featuring Yanga and Kid X are easy on the ear but don’t bring anything new from the artists’ prior collabos.
A surprise feature that will blow away many listeners is DJ Bucks. The name is associated with the dance music outfit Uhuru. He delivers one of the most standout verses on the album. The flow is awe-inspiring. It’s hard to believe such a flow stems from someone who made beats for the sky kicker Dr. Malinga.
“Day Ones” featuring AKA is a song that stands out on the album. Amidst the controversy of the beat produced by Tweezy being called into question as a song of the same name by E-Jay feat Youngsta already exists, Kwesta and AKA joined forces to create an incredible track. The honesty they detailed, the vivid imagery exploring what it’s like having real people in your circle of friends when you are a star is amazing!
Kwesta is a talented rapper and this album showcases his ability to pen incredible hits, as well as his ability to pen introspective tracks as showcased on songs like “Preacher”, where he details hardships and how perception is a downfall for many.
Overall, the content on the album explores being the rappers’ rapper, women, relationships and having an all round good time. There’s definitely a track for everyone to be found on Dakar 2.

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