Album Review: In 'Swahili Kid' D Voice proves that he can do it all
In his recently released debut album comprising 10 songs titled Swahili Kid, D Voice now a WCB Wasafi Signee makes it clear that he is more than just a Singeli singer but a versatile, fluid and multipurpose artist who can do it all.
While it has become a common trend for emerging Tanzanian artists to release soulful Bongo Flava ballads, highlighting their raw and powerful vocals in their debut projects, as seen with Harmonize's Aiyola, Mac Voice's Nenda, Ibraah's Nitachelewa, and Rayvanny's Kwetu, D Voice has paved a different path.
Recently introduced as WCB Wasafi's newest artist at the widely promoted event at Superdome Masaki, D Voice simultaneously released his debut album titled Swahili Kid. The album comprises 10 tracks, showcasing collaborations with WCB Wasafi powerhouses including Diamond Platnumz, Zuchu, Lava Lava, and Mbosso.
In his inaugural album, the artist doesn't limit himself to Bongo Flava or Baibuda; instead, he displays versatility by exploring various genres, as he embraces a spectrum of emotions, celebrating life, expressing heartbreak, crafting party anthems, and incorporating mature lyrics with an adult touch.
Through Amapiano hits like Bam Bam with Zuchu and Mpeni Taarifa featuring Mbosso, D Voice emphatically demonstrates his ability to excel in the Amapiano sound, showcasing versatility beyond his established reputation as a Singeli artist.
True to the album's title, Swahili Kid, D Voice unequivocally roots himself in the streets through his Singeli tracks like Mtamu, Lolo, and Kama Wengine featuring Diamond Platnumz.
Demonstrating his versatility in heartfelt ballads and love songs, D Voice incorporates Baibuda and Bongo Flava elements in tracks like Umenifunza, Chori Chori, featuring Zuchu, Nimezama. Much like Zuchu's emotional delivery in Nisamehe, both D Voice and Lavalava pour their hearts out, yearning for their exes to return in Turudiane.
In Swahili Kid, D Voice breaks away from the conventional practice of releasing a ballad-only EP or debut album. Across the 10 tracks, the Tanzanian singer demonstrates his ability in various music genres, seamlessly navigating Amapiano, Bongo Fleva, Singeli, and the indigenous Singeli.
Overall Rating - 6/10