Tate Buti stands the test of time

23 January 2015

DON’T take offence when I liken Tate Buti to that sturdy blanket that granny gave to you when you where knee-high to a grasshopper.

Why? Simply because when the world starts to suffocate you and you feel like the walls are closing in, you will desperately seek out that blanket for comfort and peace of mind.

It is the one thing you know will always be there; never changing because change is not always as great as people would make you believe.

The same is true with Tate Buti. When fly by night artists saturate the industry, with flimsy lyrics and tired beats, you can always go back to any of the former’s albums to remind yourself of what it sounds like when an artist gives his all as Tate Buti does on Omkonda.

The title of the album, which he released late last year, refers to a double-edged traditional Oshiwambo knife.

The album boasts of 21 tracks, with each one in fierce competition with the previous for the title of the best track.

Tate Buti’s album features the likes of Exit, Lady May and Petersen Zagaze, to name a few.

The title track gives you a good feeling and the song will have you dancing on the inside but let me warn you that from the outsider’s perspective you may look like you are having a seizure.

 Apart from the fact that it is a good dance song, its other redeeming quality is how Star’s smooth voice compliments Tate Buti’s hoarse voice.

Kamokuwa, the fourth track on the album, has a very ethnic feel to it, which is not surprising since it talks of the duties of both men and women in the traditional household. It is reminiscent of the likes of Tate Kwela and Boetie Simon.

“Is it a problem in the system, or is the system in the problem,” Tate Buti comically quizzes his fans at the beginning of track seven.

This track is bound to be a hit with both shambo and Oviritje fans because he features Mistake, who sings in Otjiherero, while he (Tate Buti) sings in Oshiwambo.

I am yet to hear a song with Petersen Zagaze on that does not sound good. Even on a Shambo beat, Zagaze still does wonders.

If you don’t want to attempt to dance kwasa-kwasa, or attempt some form of dance at the end of this album, you need to have hands and feet laid on you.

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