Nesto shows ver­sa­til­ity in new EP

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Showbiz / Classified - Leroy Dzenga Lifestyle Writer

WHEN more nu­anced gen­res started re­plac­ing the as­sorted ur­ban grooves, a lot of artists fall­ing within the lat­ter were forced to rein­vent them­selves.

The likes of Stun­ner leaned more to hip hop, while Nesto set­tled for a dance­able afro-fu­sion sound.

His jour­ney has seen him drop hits in­ter­mit­tently like My Cho­co­late and Ngala Ngala.

De­spite the lack of con­sis­tency in re­leas­ing groovy con­tent, the crooner (real name Ernest Manandi) has greatly im­proved on his brand­ing and ap­proach to busi­ness.

His lat­est of­fer­ing The For­ever EP is tes­ta­ment to his pro­gres­sion as it can be in­ter­preted as a show of in­tent from an artist ready to break from the un­flat­ter­ing world of spaced re­leases.

The project sounds like hip hop and rhumba gen­res were thrown into a blender.

Al­though un­pre­dictable, the sound was to be ex­pected with Hit­squad Mu­sic Group on the cred­its as the han­dlers of the pro­duc­tion. They have been mak­ing a name with their funky Afro-el­e­ment sound where they utilise tra­di­tional in­stru­ments in a way that fuses with the con­tem­po­rary ur­bane sound.

Af­ter a few con­tro­ver­sial years which have seen Nesto and his wife Ter­erai hit the head­lines in un­de­sir­able light, the cou­ple re­as­sured each other in the ti­tle track For­ever.

The song if well mar­keted is set to be a wed­ding hit, tempo and beat has all the mak­ings of a sing along jam favoured by peo­ple in mer­rier times.

Long known as a ver­sa­tile mu­si­cian, Nesto tried his hand at hip hop in the EP.

Not a dis­as­trous at­tempt, Mukulu is a com­i­cal but de­cent com­po­si­tion, a brag­gado­cio trap song some­thing one would ex­pect from ec­cen­tric rap acts.

The bars on the track are not as tight but com­mer­cial hip hop has since de­vi­ated from skull crack­ing lyri­cism any­ways, as long there is groove and wit, it can pass and Nesto ticked those boxes.

Rhumba singer Madiz also lent his voice to the project in the song in the song Tiri Ku­fara.

The two artists who have a track record of pro­duc­ing party hits could have done bet­ter as the cho­rus sounded too generic al­though the McHud­son pro­duced beat saved the song.

In the af­ter hours in a club, it can work, but in times of at­ten­tive lis­ten­ing there ap­pears to be some­thing lack­ing in that col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Garry Tight and Colonel Mk were also fea­tured on the EP which has hit po­ten­tial.

The mas­ter­ing is clean and there is a pos­si­bil­ity that ra­dio, club DJ’s will love the new repack­aged Nesto sound.

One hopes it does not suf­fer the same fate as many other en­durable and bril­liant pro­jects re­leased in Zim­babwe, they do not go far beyond the pro­ducer`s com­puter.

If Nesto has a mar­ket­ing plan for his The For­ever EP, he may be on to some­thing good.

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