Success written in the stars

16 January 2015

ONE can’t help, but admire Djokic Dragan’s ability to pounce on talent before anyone else recognises it.

The mastermind behind Antonio’s Art and Deal Done Records proved this by signing You Tube sensation, Stardust, to his music label.

The duo gained popularity on the video sharing platform when they released their debut album late last year, and it holds the promise of successful music careers ahead of them if they keep it up.

The 13-track album is a mixture of reggae, afro-pop and RnB with a hint of techno sounds. In a move one can only describe as bold for newcomers, they collaborate with only two artists, Petersen Zagaze and Jay-J. Most upcoming artists choose to collaborate with as many notable artists as possible to gain greater visibility in the industry.

Don’t get me wrong, these two young girls have talent, and they have a raw, effortless talent that I haven’t seen in the industry for a while now.

One can compare their voices to those of angels or a nightingale, or angelic nightingales. It’s soothing and flawless. However, one can sense some hesitation in their voices, because they don’t lose themselves in their songs.

One rarely hears them belting out the kind of high tunes that would give you goose bumps or make the hair on the back of your neck stand. They are capable, but perhaps they are holding back because they still have to find their feet. On the album they illustrate that they are versatile, but when it comes to the various genres it is evident they have not found their style yet – or it’s still about finding their feet. I say this because one still hears undertones of the various artists whose songs they have done covers of, especially Rihanna.

Having said that, it is important to note that the album is still great. It offers a peek into what the duo might be; it is sweet and warm and one can’t help, but smile when one listens to it.

Many local artists try too hard to sound more “African” and fail at it, but these two have embraced their western RnB influence, which dominates most of the album.

They prove that sometimes sounding like a Western artist is not such a bad thing, and they silence critics before they can say anything with their afro-pop/reggae song.

There’s no unnecessary auto tune or what sounds like a cat being strangled on this album – just pure, effortless talent. They are surely going to give these old gals in the industry a run for their money.

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