Son of Africa is the second studio album of Kuami Eugene, the reigning Artist of the Year at the 21st Edition of The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards(VGMA’20). This is a follow up album to his previous hit album Rockstar. Kuami Eugene shot to fame in 2017 after his hit single Angela gave him both local and international traction. He’s not slowed down ever since and keeps dropping monster hits and anthems as well as sweeping loads of awards here in Ghana and around the globe. The 14-track album was produced by 5 producers, Richie Mensah (Who produced majority of the songs), Willisbeatz, MOGbeatz, Hylander and Kuami Eugene himself. Now let’s delve into the album proper, track by track.
1.Son of Africa
The intro track commenced with the famous Declaration of Independence speech by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah then comes the soothing bridge then Kuami laces it up with his sweet vocals. The song is just a wake up call to the African youth to voice out and claim what is his. A justifiable intro, giving he named the album Son of Africa.
- Show Body Ft Falz
My favorite part of this song is how it was introduced. Richie sure knows his ways around instruments and right from the start you could feel the transition from the keyboards to the guitars to the drums. The African-beat element couldn’t be missed in any instance, and the saxophone in the background is just amazing. Falz the badguy always kills his features (I’m yet to hear a poor performance from Falz on a Ghanaian track). Although this isn’t a very high tempo song, it’s surely a song that will bring out your dance moves. A song for the gyal dem to come out and show us what they’ve got and as he ended it ‘this song is surely some vibe’.
3. Open Gate
The second single off the album to be released, Open Gate is already topping charts in Ghana and across Africa. I need not talk much about this one but this is one of those songs you just can’t get enough of. The catchphrase ‘wele sebe kontomire’ does the trick quite well.
- Marry Me
‘Hello, Hi, You’re the one I’m choosing so girl don’t cry’ as this love song starts gives you that lovi lovi feeling right from when it starts. We see Kuami here professing his love to this girl, telling her how great she looks and is. A typical Kuami Eugene did a bit of sampling along the way but let’s just overlook that as it’s quite a norm these days and also for the fact that regardless he delivered excellently in the track. This is one of the songs you let slid into your system whiles in a relaxing mood.
- Dance Hard Ft Zlatan
When you’re listening to a song and you hear ‘bíle’, ‘kapachimarymarytupaku’ then you definitely must know you’re in for some legwork. Yes! It’s Zlatan on here and he delivered as always. Although mid-tempo-ish, Dance hard is a damn good song that gets you moving in your seat for the non-dancers and gets you on your feet for those who love to dance.
- Will You
This self-produced song is more like a follow up to marry me where he asks for reassurances from this girl, whoever she is. Will she be there at all times, even in time of death?. This is a slow tempo love song that resonates an ecstasy of emotions depending on the mood with which you are listening. Kuami sure knows how to serenade a woman with his vocals.
- Give It To Me Ft Eddy Kenzo
Richie comes back on the production deck with Give It To Me but takes it to Eastern Africa this time round to the Ugandan crooner Eddy Kenzo. This also is a mid-tempo danceable love tune. The highlife elements were surely not missed in the instrumentals, both Kuami and Eddy delivered splendidly no doubt. Next time you’re about asking that girl or guy to give it to you, remember to start your request with this tune.
- Ghana We Dey Ft Samini and Shatta Wale
Ghana we dey was the first single Kuami released off the album, a dancehall banger. Kuami decides to take us back to the days ebeyieyie when he proved he knows his way around the beat when it comes to dancehall. He couldn’t have recruited a better pair than Samini and Shatta Wale, two of the most decorated dancehall acts outta Ghana and they both proved their worth on the instrumentals.
- Beifour Ft DJ Mensah and Sarkodie
Kuami Eugene is one artist that has been picked on a lot in the Ghanaian music scene, from his fashion sense to how he doesn’t deserve some of his awards ahead of the supposedly top dogs in the industry. Beifour sounds like a song directed purposely to those who try to speak ill about him or better still in his own words wants to tarnish him. He asks, ‘Beifour, what do you profit to tarnish your brother?. Recruiting King Sark on this tune was an excellent decision, Sark always delivers when called upon and did no less on this. This is a certified banger!
Following Beifour is the prayer-song Amen, a call out to God to locate and bless him. This is a song for the ghetto youth, grinding day in day out to make the best from life to be able to afford all the goodies he wishes for. Kuami isn’t only good with the love songs but also seems to know his way pretty well around gospel.
11. Scolom Ft Prince Bright
First thing that came to mind after seeing Scolom with Prince Bright on it was, ‘Okay is this a part II of Bukbak’s hit single Skolom?’. But no it isn’t, it’s a new Prince Bright-Kuami Eugene banger. Prince Bright seems to be doing awesomely well with his come back to the Music scene, Right from his EP to the 2019 anthem Oofeetsor that he did with Sarkodie, I’d say Prince Bright has carved a niche for himself when it comes to collabos and he sure didn’t disappoint. Scolom is that party song that urges you to dance on even if your pocket isn’t heavily loaded. Just step out and happy yourself!
12.Wa Ye Wie Ft Obaapa Christy
Kuami decided to take us church again with this inspirational song thanking God for doing such a great job. He enlists Gospel star Obaapa Christy who furnished it with her silky voice as together they pour out their praises to God. I see this song making waves at parties, weddings, churches and other happy places.
After the heated Wa Ye Wie, he decided to bring the tempo down a little with this melodious song obviously dedicated to his mom for the sacrifices she’s made on his behalf and also an appreciation song to all mothers for the great works they are doing. Play this song for your mum so you remind her of how grateful you are to her.
Concluding the album is another gospel-like inspiration tune arranged beautifully on a deeply rooted highlife instrumental. This makes it the third gospel track on the album. What better way to conclude an album than to give thanks and praise to the most high for how far he’s brought you?. Great vocals on here too as usual
Undoubtedly Kuami Eugene has once again proven with this Son of Africa project that when it comes to the highlife scene in Ghana currently, he’s comfortably kinging and isn’t ready to hand over the crown just yet. This is a great album by all standards and you should endeavor to give it a listen if you have not just yet.
Stream ‘Son Of Africa’ below
Review by Blaise Dorleku