***LISTEN TO THE DJ KBOZ – 38 ALBUM REVIEW USING THE PLAYER ABOVE***
One of my favourite producers came out with a new album a few weeks ago and I’ve had plenty of time to process it. DJ Kboz is one of the most decorated producers in Namibia and Africa. He is behind huge names such as Sally Boss Madam and one of his recent contributions that caught the attention of many was on Suzy Eises critically acclaimed self-titled album. Upon checking out the tracklist there was only 1 song which was familiar which is Motema featuring KP Illest & Fiston. Don’t I just love that? I mean sometimes if an album comes out and you already know 3/4 of the playlist already it doesn’t really give you much to look forward to, does it? Not this time!
Maukuhongo featuring talented vocalist Etjo opens up 38. I literally felt goosebumps while listening to this song. The class in Etjo’s voice is hard to miss. When that level of brilliance fuses with DJ KBoz’s production prowess you get a sensual, easy-on-the-ear song which is sonically superior in just about every aspect I can think of. I do have to mention the music video which you can check out on YouTube as well – it’s absolutely beautiful.
You get something unique such as on Back It Up which utilizes the talents of Kamati and Paradox in such an intriguing manner. Imagine mixing dancehall and afrobeats? A match made in heaven! Ndiwe is one song that I played on the Moto Moto Podcast upon listening to this album where DJ KBoz teams up with Zimbabwe’s Slickartie to give us a mid-tempo love song about loving that one and only woman and being true to her. The positive message on the song struck a chord with me especially in this social media age where men and women are always at loggerheads over relationships. On a tune such as The Music, DJKBoz gives us a taste of that vibey music with a cameo as well as impressive contributions from Blvcboxx Entertainment. Most musicians and creatives can agree that when you have a creative passion, it calls you consistently and it’s very hard to stay away from it. I suspect this is DJ KBoz’s way of telling us that he has always done this for love before anything else. Although I could argue that it’s not hard to tell – how many hits has he given Namibia and Africa over the last decade or so? Even when the money hadn’t started rolling in, he was on that.
Technically, from this first track, the music sounded full with fantastic stereo utilisation. The instrumentation was superbly balanced and I loved the use of the guitar throughout the album. One thing I respect about DJ KBoz is subtlety. He can make a kwaito beat, a house beat, afrobeats, you name it but his signature is hard to pinpoint until someone says “That’s a DJ KBoz production” and you are like “Wow! This guy is a genius!” His sound does not get monotonous.
This is one of those rare albums you can listen to from start to finish without skipping a track. It obviously helps to enlist a star-studded lineup that includes Sally Boss Madam, Skrypt, KP-Illest, Kamati and Paradox among the others I’ve already mentioned in this review. When I was still a genre-purist I would find it hard to digest different genres on one album unless it was a ‘Various Artists’ kinda situation of which this sort of is. Essentially I would say 38 is an album about showcasing DJ KBoz’s strengths as a producer;
- Versatility – the music is different enough to feel new each time,
- Catchy beats – for the bulk of the album I was just moving along to the vibe,
- Quality music – there is a standard
More than that it outs his ability to work with different artists with wildly different musical styles but still managing to bring out the best in them.This is where DJ KBoz shines on 38. You come across one artist producers all the time, yet DJ KBoz shows his diversity as a producer with ease. He can work with and bring out the best in anyone.
Fax on fax, this album is the definition of good music. This project is an amazing self-promotion tool that keeps it simple: let the music speak for itself. I foresee this opening many more doors for DJ KBoz and it’s time to give him the respect he deserves.
I do have a request for DJ KBoz, please get your music on the streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer etc to cater to a larger audience.
When I resuscitate my music career, DJ Kboz is one of the people I am going to! If you are a musician, he is one of the African producers you need on your list of go tos.