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D.Matthews - Single Review: Africa

10 Sep 2021 // A review by Bethany Mountford

One thing is for sure. Wellington is not warm enough to do this song justice.

Sitting in my lounge this morning, listening to this song through my humble laptop speakers, I became starchily aware of the 7-degree temperature and the 50kph winds trying to break through the single glazing.

This is a BIG SUMMER tune. It’s a cocktail-in-hand, dancing-with-someone-you-don't-know-on-the-beach tune.

Admittedly, I don't know much about Afrobeat or Afropop but D.Matthews makes it sound like a lot of fun. A self-described blend of traditional African elements with global mainstream pop, Africa is a genuinely uplifting and carefree song. The music is simple, catchy, and it doesn’t seem like it’s trying to be anything it’s not. As a vocalist D.Matthews is relaxed and charismatic, his voice makes me feel at ease. The vocal layering is creative, over a reggaeton beat with more dramatic horns in the breakdown.

Big party.

Surely to be on some festival line-ups over the summer, but I hope some of you are somewhere warm enough to enjoy it now.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About D.Matthews

Auckland-based Nigerian singer-songwriter, D.Matthews has curated his own brand of motivational rap & energetic beats from Africa, called, "Afrobeat"

D.Matthews is well known for his idiosyncratic style and abundant charisma, D.Matthews aims to inspire listeners through his stimulating lyrics and lively blend of Trap & Afrobeats. He cites Afrobeat singer, Burna Boy, alternative neo-soul songstresses Kehlani and Tinashe and fellow Nigerian singer-songwriter WizKid as musical influences.

Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, D.Matthews knew he was destined to entertain from a young age, singing and dancing when he returned from church. He went on to launch his music career at the age of 20 after the realisation of the steps he’s been making from the earlier days of his life back home.

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