SEASON nine Idols SA winner Musa Sukwene has launched his debut release, a mini-album that is available exclusively to the users of a brand of smartphone.
It has been just a few weeks since the 26-year-old from Mpumalanga won the title in a showdown with Brenden Ledwaba, and it would have been stretching the limits to expect a full debut album from him before Christmas, even though that has been the norm after the end of previous seasons.
Instead of bringing out an original, earth-moving album to make the industry sit up and take notice, he decided to do something different.
On his five-track album, available via Universal Music’s Kleek app, Sukwene covers the music of Labi Siffre, Ringo Madlingozi, DJ Vetkuk, Mahoota, Dr Malinga and little-known Jamie Shaw. Included is his official winning single, I Still Feel It.
Here is a track-by-track review:
- When You Believe. It is a pleasant and simple ballad for which a minimal amount of production was undertaken. It is Idolsesque and his cushy vocals will leave you feeling fuzzy. “When you believe, that’s when dreams come true, miracles can happen, they sometimes do, when you believe, you can reach the highest star-nothing is impossible to achieve,” he sings;
- I Still Feel It. It is a sentimental track that echoes all the winning tracks in shows such as American Idol, Pop Idol, Idols SA, X Factor and The Voice. It reminds you of Kelly Clarkson’s A Moment Like This and Fantasia Barrino’s I Believe;
- Ngiyagodola. The guy performed this Ringo Madlingozi number over and over during the competition, and it was a shoo-in for this digitally released mini-album. And it was a good choice as he really impressed when performing it, and surely had many reminiscing over and pining for loved ones;
- Something Inside so Strong. This Labi Siffre classic has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence (not that it needed it) since Lira recorded it for her reworked hits collection, Rise Again. The choir backing Lira elevates the song to new heights, and her version surpasses Sukwene’s (credible) version; and
- Via Orlando. This is a recording from one of his live performances of the hit house song. Vocally, this would not stretch a Wooden Mic winner. We doubt he will be moving into the house-cum-dance music genre in future.