Boomkat Product Review:
Hakuna Kulala open their 2021 account with flaming, bruising rap dramas from Kampala’s Biga Yut and Lithium
Big, bashy and rude, ‘Vamparina’ chases up label heat from Menzi and Swordsman Kitala X Sekelembele with a return to hardass Ugandan road pressure echoing rap, grime and dancehall styles from the Black Atlantic diaspora, but delivered in gruff Bantu lyrics.
The title tune is an overproof example of current Kampala mutations, arriving with boda boda revs and crooked sound design before turning into a nexx level electro bashment madness with barking bars from Yut and Lithium, while ‘Motor Version’ runs the revs much wilder, punkish into swarming psychedelic groove. ‘Cash Boss’ is the more direct, bashy winner with grimy call-and-response set to panel-beating percussion, and ‘Kampala’ is straight up build for roadside raves with churning, uptempo dancehall energy.