Karizma hits us with a surprise album simply titled Fakazi but is it as enjoyable?
Overview: While we where all anticipating the release of the heavily-advertised NGNGv3 album (where the singles Shisha Pipe, Good Guy, Hausati Wamboona and True North are supposed to reside) by Karizma instead we get the no features, boom bap alter-ego Fakazi.
No. of Tracks/Duration: 8/20:52
Standout Tracks: Elizabeth, ABC, Dreamers, Love & War Part 2
Spekk Verdict: If you are expecting the Karizma you heard from the singles that he's recently released you are going to be disappointed. If however you are a Hip-Hop purist and you prefer bars and jazzy sounding beats ala Blackstar, Dilated Peoples etc then you will feel right at home with this one.
Named after his father, Fakazi (which is also his alter ego) showcases the other side of Karizma lest people box him into the Pop Hop bracket.
The 20 minute album format is clearly becoming a thing nowadays and this album is testament of that weighing in at a lean 8 songs. If you think this is a concept album let me burst your bubble right away, IT IS NOT! However I enjoyed it, it's been a while since I've heard this sound in Zim Hip-Hop and this is definitely Sunday afternoon music that you can vibe to while contemplating your life's decisions.
As surprising as its release is so is the enjoy-ability.
Fakazi which is Ndebele/Zulu for witness proves the point that Karizzy wants to make. Witness my skills
Stream and purchase Fakazi below