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Review: Sematsatsa by Morena Sway


Chris Theko

This week’s review takes a look and listen at Morena Sway’s latest hit single Sematsatsa which was released on the 31 December 2020.  

The song runs for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. It has an Afro beat feel to it but is built on a 100 beats per minute (BPM) and an 8/8-time signature. 

The vocally gifted singer has since introduced himself as a soulful and high versatile RnB artist from his first single.

The beat of the song is heavily influenced by the genre Afrobeat which is a music genre that involves the combination of elements of West African musical styles such as Fuji music and highlife with American jazz and later soul together with funk influences, with a focus on chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms and percussions. 

The origins of the sound are heavily linked to Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who is responsible for pioneering and popularising the style both within and outside Nigeria. With the latest artists to make it famous in recent years being Burna Boy, Davido and WizKid. 

Morena Sawy has clearly seen the success that comes with the genre hence the persuasion of the sound. 

The lyrics of the tune in the first verse talk about a beautiful woman such as one never seen by him before, he says it’s the kind of beauty that deprives him of sleep, “African beauty that has got me going crazy” he goes on to say her smile shines brighter than the sun. 

As he takes on the hook playing around with his voice, he talks about this ‘Sematsatsa’ and that he’ll never let her go as he wants to make her his. 

“I just need a little bit of your time, I promise I’ll not disappoint” the second verse has Sway proclaiming his love for this Sematsatsa the African beauty. 

He jumps back into the chorus of the song with some beautiful high notes effortlessly showing the skill and talent that the singer possesses. The singing on the hook and his own backing makes the track quite fascinating to listen to. The lingering backup voices are amazing and deserves a round of applause. 

This is a song that was produced and made for the month of February, the month of love, a romantic song clearly produced and made for the month of love. And for all the brothers who lack a flirting game, this song can really help you put the words together and impress that lady you have been shying away from approaching. 

Sematsatsa rates at 9/10.  fffffffffff

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