“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