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Afri Girlz - Isoka Lami

2007-09-28 10:41
Maybe if they had worked on it for a few more years they would have sidestepped clichéd R&B soul jams such as “Thelelina” and cheeky marabi-jazz joints like “Egoli”. Their gospel song, “Hamba Kahle” is the only one worth the trouble – maybe that’s what they should stick to.

Actually, come to think of it you aren’t sure whether this below average album is marabi, Afro-pop or gospel. Since Mafikizolo’s successful revamp of Sophiatown’s marabi/kwela brew, everyone thinks they can do it. Afri Girlz is one of those copycats. Isoka Lami reiterates the same overdone Afro-pop/marabi sound. Come on guys, a little creativity wouldn’t hurt. Oh well, maybe they might score a few points for their Afro-centric look as compensation for trying!

-Tiisetso Tlelima

The founders of marabi music must be turning in their graves at the sound of this second-hand 1950s shebeen party-starter. Cheap keyboard undertones, hopeless attempts at R&B/Soul, a tinge of gospel and two-step choral songs, and a dash of marabi – it’s obvious that the Afri Girlz trio released their debut prematurely.

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