Coming at us from Kenya, Sauti Sol teams up with Nigerian dancechall king Patoranking gives us a celebration of the beauty African woman accompanied by some beautiful afro-pop sound.
This song sounds so much like summer that it can almost teleport you back in time a few months. The mid-tempo island/African fusion beat has a very warm sound thanks to the acoustic guitars mingling with varying beats and the periodic bass. The overall production is fairly simple, but the way that the instrumentation is used helps make it sound a lot more layered than it actually is.
Another thing that helps the song sound full of life and heat is are the vocals. The gentlemen of Sauti Sol have varied vocal tones but they are all strong and each brings something interesting to the song. When they combine for the underlying harmony line that persists over the chorus, it brings so much energy to the production and melds with it in a sensual way.
What we really like about this song is that, if they didn’t have the line in my life I’ve never seen melanin so dark, this would fall in line with any other track about bad chicks in the club and what men are willing to do to get their attention and spend the night with them. It makes no exception like, “you’re the prettiest dark girl in here;” the woman is told her skin is beautiful and then the game commences. In a time when we have so many artists make it their business to express disdain for darker women, it’s nice to hear someone give another perspective in song.
This is the first video from the group’s upcoming album, African Sauce, which is meant to be a continuation of the previous project, Live And Die In Africa.