23 Winters.

Feat. Kojo Adu Genfi Amponsah Sr. & Zulu

(Prod. by KZ The Producer)

It is the fifth track in Kojey Radical’s second EP ’23 Winters’. Released in his 23rd year of life and on the 23rd of February 2016. Kojey explains the motivation behind the work, saying “I wanted to create a body of work that voices my ideas and philosophies while also offering another sense of perspective. My father’s decision to live in England has ultimately shaped my view on life because it’s all I know, listening to him speak you get a sense that our experiences may not be that different”.

This song I selected as #TrackOfTheWeek because it is… special to say the least. Usually when you describe something as “real music”, you will justifiably be met with the question “well, what is ‘real’ music?”. It is a vague description and arguably has no actual meaning. However, I have to come to find my own definition for real music; it isn’t a sound and it isn’t a genre. It is a feeling, synonymous with rawness, vulnerability, emotion and soul. It is the kind of music that invites you to close your eyes, or raise your arms above your head as if to surrender, or to bring clenched fists to your forehead, or spread open palms across your chest (inhale-exhale), it can even bring you to tears. The feeling, to begin with, is often difficult to put into concise words and this is why the term “real music” is so fitting.

Love’s Interlude is opened by Kojey’s fathers voice, Kojo Adu Genfi Amponsah Sr., an omnipresent figure on the EP. On this track Mr Amponsah asks Kojey “What is love?”, leading into ‘Love’s Intervention’ where he explains differences between love, like and lust. Kojey listens intently and responds to his father’s words. Their conversation and their relationship bring the listener into such a personal space, making the music even more touching. So much that when Zulu so passionately sings “show me love”, I personally couldn’t help but surrender to emotion.

“I don’t know what to feel and it’s confusing… small talk is awkward… affection is only digital… you ever tried knowing before you touch?”

The sound itself reminds me of South African Gospel, especially when the bass comes in at 1:37. I heard South Africa in the rhythm, in the echoing vocals and again being from Southern Africa myself, it was just a feeling. In fact there is specific song in my head, I’m yet to pin point it, but when I do, you will know. The sound evokes memories of home, sitting my the back of my Dad’s car listening to Mtukudzi and the days I would watch my mother sing along to Lundi, Ishmael or Brenda Fassie. I would join her, mustering whatever elements of the language I could pick up. It never mattered that I didn’t always understand what was being said, again I just felt it. Like love.

I want to hear about how you guys responded to this song, so that we can have discussions about how the music we listen to makes us all feel and what it reminds us of in these #TrackOfTheWeek selections. Letting reviews be reviews. Comment below, tweet us @vsnotebook, tweet me @CharisseeC.