The slow sounds of Omulumentu
kuku-Nkandanga’s latest album offering ‘Omulumentu’ is a true reminder of what has made him a household name since ‘Faasuluka’ in 2009.
Dropped in mid-February amid a lot of hype, the 15-tracked album is his sixth.
He describes his rather odd genre as Tyolo-Tyoko music. It comes off as a fused African sound with a Namibian touch, which you get to understand as you listen to the music.
He introduces the album with the title track, ‘Omulumentu’, sung in Oshiwambo. Interesting how he speaks against the African instruments played in the background.
The third track, ‘Oshamakaka’, featuring Tequila is bound to go viral, if it has not done so yet. And yes, we have already established that every song Tequila adds her golden voice to, becomes a hit. This track is no different.
Followed by it are ‘Konko’ and ‘Okatongotongo’. These two songs exude the type of energy people like myself need, to stay awake to listen to the whole album without skipping a single track.
Track 7, ‘Ondonga’ is a gospel tune, typical of one played in those long Oshiwambo church services where one struggles to keep their eyes open. That it is a traditional Shambo song that allows one to put on their dancing shoes and do the traditional Oshiwambo dance, is a plus, though.
Heads up to the producers who worked on this album, including Elvo and Rundrick at the House of Legends Studio, VLO, Quitars and Rudrick, M-Jay at Deal Done Studio and Shekeni Quitars and Rundrick. The CD cover artwork was designed by Max Shiimi.
Nakale is featured on Track 11, ‘Hiileni’. He just adds that Nakale feel to it. Good move, except the song is a tad too long.
Track 13, ‘Aanilonga’, is an ultimate favourite. It tells of a story to do with ‘work’ or ‘working hard’ - or at least that’s as far as I could grasp. He eventually closes off the album in a slow tempo, with ‘Hilima’.
Above all honesty, this album is more appealing to the older generation, although it was intended for both the old and the young, according to Kuku-Nkandanga.