Jamali - 3rd Base

2009-01-16 17:44
 
3rd Base (EMI, 2008)
 
And what of the group that beat them to the Popstars crown? Ghetto Lingo, was it? And then there was the equally short-lived Adilah? And 101? Ok, so I had to do some serious 'research' to even name those other groups. The fortunes of the factory-made pop group sure are fickle, so how have Jamali stayed the course?

Well it helps that these girls have that most important quality of all – talent – and a record company willing to buy whatever the group may be lacking in terms of songwriting skill. But of the 16 (yes, 16) tracks on their new album 3rd Base, only two were co-written by the group – and you can be sure that they were behind "Skut Julle Lywe", which is actually more of a laidback dance tune than its title suggests.

The thing about Jamali that jumps out at you and makes you pay attention are those elastic vocal harmonies of theirs. It's pretty impressive, but oh so limited. Each song is approached the same way, every chorus requires a drawn out piece of vocal gymnastics, the beats get more and more sluggish and routine, and before you know it you've skipped through the whole album. They've even attempted to cash in on the ABBA fever (thanks to Mamma Mia!) with a cover of “Knowing Me, Knowing You” – but beware of the excruciating caterwaul towards the end of the song. It's an unnecessary and rather embarrassing attempt to show off. Last time I checked, only Mariah Carey tried that and got away with it.

Jamali have been called the poor girl's Destiny's Child since day one – and that tag hasn’t sounded more fitting than it does now, despite their glammed up new look. The kwaito edge they've injected into their sound will help them find a willing audience, but it's time they start to think outside the box and make the Mzansi R&B scene exciting again. Our ears would really appreciate it.


Could it be that Jamali, runners up of the initial Popstars competition, are the longest-running, most successful South African group to be spawned by a reality show? There they are, on your radio and the odd kid's TV talk show, still bringing their three-pronged all-girl pop attack.

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bonginhlanhla 2009/01/17 12:56 PM
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thanks for talking about jamali ilove them and mis them i went and bot the new cd jamali 3rd base yoooo the cd rock ilove the song a girl like me wrien by jacqui carpede love you jamali
lorenzo 2009/02/11 3:07 PM
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well i guess someone dcided that ur an expert!!! i so so so love jamali and i do think they have incredible vocal range, and yes i do think liesel might b the only one who can give mariah a run 4 her money when it comes 2 climing that octaves. Anywho, i hope u gals stay around 4 years 2 cum and ill 4eve b ur advocate
mourgaine 2009/02/13 9:23 AM
I think they should be stoned or burnt at the stake for completely screwing up a great, legendary Abba song... I don't care how great your voice is, you don't EVER try and make an Abba hit "your own"...
Vikki 2009/02/23 1:03 PM
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I watched their show at Blues Room on Sat and loved it! They are very talented and we should be uplifting them, nnt finding fault!!!
Pienks 2009/03/15 9:43 PM
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Mourgaine....please get with the times. If you don't like the modern version of an old song then don't listen to it. Jamali rocks and they are good vocalists! Best girl-group in SA
Lance 2009/03/24 1:29 PM
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I think that they are one of the most talented groups in S.A! its a pity that people get jealous and try to bring those who are at the top down.
Palesa Taoana 2009/03/31 7:25 PM
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Jamali is very hot and happening and they are gonna be here for a long time. It shows, a mean they have survived. what can stop them now? keep it rockeng guys!
Manthia 2009/06/09 2:55 PM
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I have to say that this album was the best gift ever!! You girls rock. Your songs really helped me through a difficult time in my life. Love You! From: M-chick:-)
Trish 2009/08/02 8:18 AM
Shaheema Barodien i gotta thank u 4 writtin abt Jamali but sry i also gotta admit wotu wrote ain't entirely tru abt them i'd say u probably ain't a fan cz ya found fault in everythin in them. Big ups 2 Jamali!
Nomvuyiso 2010/07/07 12:54 PM
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I want to sing with you can you please take me to you because i want be like you
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