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Dozi - Kom ‘n Bietjie Binne

2006-12-06 13:00

Following in the footsteps of Mango Groove and Johnny Clegg, Dozi is a unique South African verskynsel. His fluency in Zulu and his music cater to people across racial lines.

His new album, Kom ‘n Bietjie Binne sticks to the formula and Dozi delivers exactly what fans expect. 80% of the music is Afrikaans and is mostly performed in a 90s rock and sing-along fashion. However, Dozi does also explore other culturally indigenous sounds, such as African and township jazz, though mostly in the Zulu songs.

As tracks like “Pretoria Prinses” and “Sonder Jou” strongly suggest, the album focuses mainly on the Afrikaans market. In the case of “Tiger and Louise” it zooms in closer to the Huisgenoot and Brannewyn market. Dozi sings, “As jy funky wil wees sal jy Huisgenoot lees…” and “brannas om te please en gin om te tease”.

The album even has a song in typical boeremusiek style, “Susanna Soen My”. It has everything you expect from a boeremusiek classic, an accordion, a banjo and even the David Kramer accent.

Dozi still has that Zulu magic that first made him famous. His new album features two Zulu numbers. “Hlangana Naye” and “Kuzokulunga” are beautifully sung and performed like the Zulu gospel on his first album Mercy. They show off a wider vocal range and a musical talent encompassing more than just 90s Afrikaans rock.

In fact whenever Dozi sings in Afrikaans - as he does on “As Ek Verlief Raak” - you can easily mistake him for Steve Hofmeyr.

The album's only English song, “Making Memories Of Us”, is soothing, romantic and pitched low like Neil Diamond.

And yes, there is an interpretation of the hit “Ou Ryperd”. This time performed in Zulu. The hit is part of a medley, called, well… “Medley”, and also includes a Zulu rendition of the song “Kinders van die Wind”.

Dozi sings from the heart and most of the songs are happy and upbeat. His Zulu songs are also first class. This should fly off the shelves this Christmas.

What makes it bad? This album is mainly for Afrikaans people and if you are more into his Zulu songs and not a big fan of Afrikaans music, the album is not for you.

- Annel Malan

Dozi can sing in Afrikaans, English and Zulu and on his latest album he boasts in all three. He also performs in a multitude of styles from 90s rock to African gospel, blues and country.

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