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Hello, my name is Abel, and I will be your guide as we review the most recent release by artist (yes, we can finally refer to him as such) B'face The Ready aka B'face, that featured ZMA award winning artist Wezi and was executively produced by producer gEO.

I was greatly amused to observe that more than one name showed up on both the production and writing credits of this song. It seems Zambians are finally getting it right. The creative process should be collaborative in all its aspects in order to produce exceptional results.

The song's intro was nicely done, almost misleading you into thinking you are listening to “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber just before you hear gEO’s production signature and Wezi’s soothing vocals. The song's overall production was well executed. I'm not entirely sure where Wezi and Dani played their roles, but I understand they were part of the production team. The postponed release date was definitely justified on that note. The production amendments, whatever they were, were worth the wait.

B'face starts his first verse with the story of his young brother (mostly likely fictional than actual) who later in the story dies as a result of an unusual accident. It is during this first verse that one of the most memorable lines is uttered:

"Lord, did you know it was only 3? Or do you care that he was only 3?..."

That ladies and gentlemen is some good writing, from my opinion. It's witty and effectively gets the point across nicely; where is this 'God' and does He have any clue - does He even know what time it is? To those who missed it, the first '3' refers to time of the day as in 3PM and the second referring the boy's age, as in 3 years old.

The second verse, unlike the first one, is now the voice of God responding to the doubts and questions raised in the first verse. The songwriters on both the chorus and verses were in perfect sync understanding fully well what the topic of discussion was. I should point out, though, the somewhat misapplied ‘sneeze-bless you’ wordplay in the second verse - the person who sneezes is the one who is told ‘bless you’ as opposed to the person sneezing also saying ‘bless you’.

“Not a day passes without me saying *sneeze sound effect* bless you, grace you…”

Most rappers aim to spit bars by showing off metaphors, similes and punchlines, but B’face is different. His verses almost to some extent feel like Sunday sermon-epiphanies accumulated over time and crafted into musical pieces. The song’s rap style, especially in the first verse is reminiscent of the storytelling that is heavily used by Dre Murray (Listen to 'Empty Spaces' by Dre Murray) and had the calmness of a, say Holstar, and only lacked one thing as explained below.

This song is – in part at least, a dedication to a late friend of his; Temwani (whom I happened to have known personally too. MHSRIP). And due to the emotional subject matter of the song, we would have expected B'face to show a bit more emotion on the song. His mood throughout is relatively flat, showing very little transition or variation. But B'face is still just starting out as an artist and these are very common early mistakes.

The biggest plus for this song is that B’face didn't just make a rap song: he did something better - he made music!! The hook that Wezi delivers blends seamlessly with the verses. Most rap songs seem to focus more on the verses as opposed to the song as a whole, in which case the chorus acts like more of a commercial break, as you wait for the next verse. But Wezi and B’face complemented each other well enough to make the transitions from verse to chorus very smooth.

I have nothing more to say from this point except more praise...or do I? Find out in the next paragraph.

When even the weakest member of your team is doing well, you know your team is on point. That was meant to be funny. The Nativez Music label is doing very well together. B'face's music career was somewhat uneventful the months after his last single, which was a remix to the cover song that launched his solo music career. Finally after the long silence, Bface (can I ignore the apostrophe for now?) is now more comfortable in his own skin and is able to make risks with an original song that covers a very touchy topic and even gets a little political while he's at it; using art as a form of expression as it should be.

We can only hope that the release of this song won't be proceeded by another long absence. In any case, Zanja is a timeless song that all of us will find ourselves relating to one way or another. Download the song on the following link here

 

Production: 5/5

Lyrics: 5/5

Creativity: 4.5/5

Delivery: 4/5

Concept: 5/5

Kountapoint Ratings: 4.7/5 

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