Strong, sensual and powerful are the words used to describe the musical genius in this EP. With Producers ranging from SterryO, Drumatik, Simba Tagz, Mr Kamera, Qasebeatz, TBoy Daflame and Olakira himself and features from Tanzanian songstress, Zuchu, South African musicians, Sho Madjozi and Moonchild Sanelly, ”4Play” is auditory gold!
Olakira’s EP which opens with the fan favourite ‘Sere’featuring Tanzania’s Zuchu, offers four beautifully crafted songs and two bonus tracks. “Gotchu” is the second track of the EP; produced by Drumatik, a love song through and through dipped in a splash of highlife, about reassurance and dedication to one’s love; This is a simple melody that boasts of a truly beautiful song, strongly tipped to be another fan favourite.
With ”Hot Night”, the internationally recognized “Shinning Star” changes gear and switches things up while in ”Call On Me” which features Sho Madjozi, Olakira shows his production skills alongside Tboy DaFlame in rhythms from the south of the continent akin to Master KG‘s ‘Jerusalema’ and Yvonne ChakaChaka‘s ‘Umqombothi’. The bonus tracks of this brilliant body of work are ‘For Life’ and ‘Summer Time’.
”4play” is indeed a confluence of African sounds and the multi-instrumentalist is the genuine article. Sung in Yoruba, lgbo, Pidgin and English, Olakira brings African sounds together in rich melodies that echo the heartbeat of the Motherland.