Nakedi, an RnB artist who hails from Pretoria, South Africa, is a singer and songwriter new on the scene with a lot of fresh tracks up his sleeve. His love for music was kindled at a young age of 14 when he started to write and perform songs on stage. When this love for music solidified, he started taking weekend piano lessons with jazz musicians to explore different avenues of the arts. When the opportunity came to study a music degree, he decided to rather follow a computer science major to become a computer programmer and go the corporate route.
Nakedi’s passion for music never died but stayed alive like a torch in the dark. His favorite past time has always been writing and producing songs which are now being released and shared with the world.
Nakedi’s songs are a mix of R&B and authentic South African rhythms. A perfect example of his style, is his latest track – “What Ever.” Its production is creative, the lyrics tell a good story, and Nakedi has a cool falsetto and soulful voice with a slightly dissonant and offbeat delivery. Too much R&B nowadays is generic, uninteresting and repetitive. To match Nakedi’s off-beat vocals, the beats here are original sounding and ambitious, and the story telling is atypical for urban music.
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In the days where electro-dance-house-pop is storming the airways and the iPods, Nakedi comes out swinging with songs that have an odd freshness to classic R&B styles. He is refreshing, game-changing, and simply catchy with his crossover style.
In most of his works, Nakedi is always reflective and melancholy. Even during fun, upbeat, poppy songs like “Run With It,” he keeps the mellowness subtly running all the way through.
Nakedi’s songs also have unique instrumentation and sounds, which are mixed in between his vocals and satisfyingly punchy basslines. Making his sound a kind of Neo-soul, with elements of indie and even jazz mixed in. The bass, on all his tracks, are very tactfully used; we’re not battered over the head with it, but the runs and riffs are creatively chosen, to forge interesting counter rhythms. A good example of this, is the track “Sweet Thang.”
All-in-all Nakedi fits easily into an R&B framework while his grooves contain jazz, soul and indie pop. His music is a breath of fresh air in an industry that seems to be intent on promoting style over substance. I hope he remains true to himself and doesn’t allow the industry to try to eventually force him into a mass-market niche that would undermine his originality and credibility.
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