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Tate Buti offers Kastoma Seves

by Selma Kaulinge

One of the pre-eminent Namibian vocalists and innovators of our time and the founder of the original “Kwiku” music,  Tate Buti’s electrifying presence is felt in his  latest 16 track master-piece which features, Tunakie, The Dogg, PDK, 4X4 and Chimbwetu.
Now driving a BMW X5 among his fleet of cars which once included a Dodge Calibre, in Kastoma Seves we get all the joys of Tate Buti’s life and art intermingle. The core ingredient, as the title suggests is “fun”.
In this album, Tate Buti masters his forays into fusions with international sounds— hip hop, rhumba and kwaito.
The opening track ‘Take me away’ revamps his classic sound with a lush, acoustic mix in line with his traditional kwiku beat.
The title of the CD sounds synonymous to the vodka cider drink, ‘Storm’ and the album is nothing less than capable of tuning and whirling December partiers to get down on all fours.     
The title track is already a hit on Omuluunga Radio and is no different for yester-year national anthem, Eke Wali 4Call. The only difference is the message and a quicker beat. So if you decide on pinning Buti, get him on the title track, otherwise the album has no bleach. But do so at your own peril as this is a typical song that fans will decide where to put it.
“This time of the year, people are happy and in a cheerful mood and my music is the icing on the cake to this cheerfulness,” a jolly Tate Buti describes his album.  
Tate Buti says with this album, he wanted to expose some new talent in the Nam music industry, thus he mostly worked with budding artists.The likes of Star who features on the songs Sorry and Tukwafela, Selly who partnered with Tuyeino on ‘I will be with’, a sure radio favourite, as well as Om’tics Bobolisha who did Ohula.
After the success of Lungwa Lungwa, Tate Buti again teams up with The Dogg and Chimbwetu in Ushaka Shaka, a fast and frothy groove. There is something perculiar about The Dogg and Kwiku while Chimbwetu needs no introduction. One would imagine Ushaka Shaka will become a firm favourite in the rockin’ clubs of all sleepy towns across the country and rightly so.
‘Give it 2 me’, a hook-laden pop rumba, brings out Buti’s vocal trademark, that razor-edged, keening croon that nobody else in the local music pantheon can touch. It is spiced up with 4X4 doing all the donkey work.
Some of the producers that worked on Kastoma Seves include Solani, K-Bozz, Pedrito as well as new kid on the block, DJ Nampala who hails from Walvis Bay.
Besides his vocal cry and ever-surprising cover outfits, Tate Buti has come up with an album that manages to mix the old with the new and keep it sounding fresh and dirty at the same time. Only his fans would know the definition of his dirty.
Logging in at just around 60 minutes. The CD is complete with pulsating rhythms, exotic percussion, hypnotic string accents, and amazing low end grooves.  Kastoma Seves is for anyone in need of real service, real musical service.