CD Review – Simphiwe Dana: Kulture Noir (Gallo)

2010-10-01 13:50

Simphiwe Dana sounds much more matured and sure of her ideas in her latest project.

But be warned, this is not jive music. Dana presides over a languid and dark third album, aptly titled Kulture Noir.

Choosing to start with Indim Iqawe Part 1 followed by Part 2 as an a capella treat might be an act of self-affirmation and acceptance, apart from a display of her vocal gifts.

Dana here summons all her influences, which are revealed like onion peels with each listen, as heard in Hayi Ihambo with its ­finger-snapping Sophiatown feel, thereby ­submitting to her unhurried style.

Fela Azania, presumably an ode to Fela ­Kuti, enlists trumpeter Felix Arimoro and Sphamandla Bembe on saxophone to ­reanimate the late Afrobeat king’s searing horn lines.

7/10 – Percy ­Mabandu

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