Blk Sonshine [mp3]

Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, and Masauko Chipembere and Neo Muyanga are Blk Sonshine, an African duo whose uplifting music is unapologetically rooted in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Folk and undoubtedly African Soul. Their latest release Good Life is probably one of the best African Folk/Soul albums you'll find today.

Good Life sits in good company with albums from talented African groups like The Very Best and Extra Golden, but with a more spiritual, and less obviously "African" sound, despite both artists in the group being from the continent. Anyone who listens to a lot of African folk knows what I mean; more testament to the straight up vocal dynamism of Blk Sonshine than an offense toward other African music. These dudes have raw talent and focused, mature direction. Anyone looking for fresh African sounds they can listen to with their family should know about Blk Sonshine.

"Gliding" will have you feeling like you can taste clouds, but "Nkosi" is the best track on the album in my opinion. It's the chorus that gets you, but they even bring their emcee skills to the table with Masauko rapping, "I searched through the city on the way to the self/ got lost in the madness tryna be someone else/ like the rest of these brothas, lettin them books collect dust on the shelf/ forfeit my spiritual for material wealth/ I needed a path/ I took a bath in bass/ Let earth rhythms take my spirit to a higher place"



And on the title-track "Good Life", while the lyrics are always solid with Blk Sonshine, the chorus again is where the bulk of the magic lies: "It all depends on what you wanna call a good life."

Good Life