If the nineties are fresh enough in your memory, then the first few bars in the song Ngud’ by Kwesta will effortlessly take you to that time when the musical genius of Mdu Masilela and tracks like Tkzee’s Mambotjie’s were gracing our airwaves daily. The song has been all over the airwaves in recent weeks to mark the introduction of Kwesta’s album DAKAR II.
What makes the song extra special is, not only does he feature #FillUpTheDome star Cassper Nyovest on a verse. But it also includes a sample of the Camio Del Sol song titled Antena. That alone makes the instrumental arrangement a wonderful tribute of the old and new.
In a way, the song is a self-deprecating celebration of modern day youthful indulgences such as alcohol (iNgudu – beer in a quad), hot women wanting to party (amabunjwa afuna’ukgroova) and good company (lala vuka nobo atuze).
But if you put simple, interesting and dope in the same sentence, what you have is Cassper Nyovest’s verse. In his own way the verse goes on to pay homage to that time in our history when our musical expression was reflective of a society grappling with its new found freedom. “Nna le Thebe radibusa” is a reference to Thebe’s hit song “Ra dibusa”, which dates back to the period marking the genesis of such calendar marking iconic events as Maftown’s Sixties Party (a reya disixties or dingkgang?). He further demonstrates the ingenuity expended by youth when doing what they can to get to have fun (bugie e low, mara Monare ra fithla boy ra fithla)
Not only does Kwesta’s vocal execution suits the song perfectly, it almost sounds like an additional instrument, adding texture and presence which makes for mellifluous listening. Further to that, his meticulous use of language, colloquial and otherwise, is consistent with what we have come to expect of Kwesta’s body of work.
A perfect example of this is the line – nabo lotjwala buya delela, bufuna sib’shaye. In this line he unassumingly makes use of a zeugma, a figure of speech in which hardly gets used in normal language, never-mind in a hip-hop rhyme. For hip-hop fans, this might just be another line. But for language enthusiasts the line is just yet another demonstration of Kwesta’s lyrical craftsmanship.
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