In the ever-evolving landscape of Afrobeat music, the rising star has emerged to captivate audiences with his unique blend of sounds and lyrical depth. Kemuel, a name that has been making waves in the industry, has garnered recognition from some of the biggest names in the game, leaving no doubt about his promising future in the music world.
Kemuel's journey in music began at a young age when he loved to experiment with choir instruments, giving him an early grasp of the fundamentals of sound. In 2021, his production work on Sukah's "Spotlight" EP hinted at the atmospheric elements he is now deeply immersed in. The titular track of that EP, which also served as the closing act, perfectly encapsulates Kemuel's appeal. Affectionately crafted, it exudes laidback grooves that are rich with purpose and passion. Throughout his career, we've witnessed artists who produce their music often create some of the most memorable pieces, and Kemuel seems to have an abundance of musical treasures yet to be unveiled. His journey burns with promise, and we eagerly anticipate the musical gems he will continue to bestow upon the Afrobeat scene.
Kemuel's recent collaboration with renowned artists like Spinall and Olamide speaks volumes about his talent and versatility. Notably, he led in shaping "Bunda," the standout track on Spinall's sixth album, 'Top Boy.' Beyond these industry affiliations, Kemuel first piqued our interest with his 2022 release, 'ESCAPE,' a meticulously curated project that introduced him as a force to be reckoned with.
Described as an escape from the constraints of reality, 'ESCAPE' is a musical journey infused with a longing for a perfect union. From the ethereal sonics of the opening track, "AWAY," there's a distinctive vibe to Kemuel's sound. It's not characterized by heavy percussive tones but rather by the exquisite production skills of Wondah, who oversees the entire tape. "Can we run?" poses the central question of the song, but as the reverb echoes of "away, away" envelop the listener and ominous elements creep in, multiple sonic layers begin to unfold. Tracks like "FINALLY" and "MUMU" evoke similar sensations, with Kemuel's vocals always poignant, adorned with hums, strings, and call-and-response patterns. His style is unhurried, reminiscent of the kind of Afropop that artists like CKay and Victony have gained recognition for. However, Kemuel's musical language is distinct, characterized by its tenderness and serenading quality, showcased through his silky-smooth vocals.
In a world where the music industry constantly seeks fresh voices and innovative sounds, Kemuel stands as a testament to the artist's boundless creativity and potential. As he continues to evolve and craft his distinct musical identity, there's no doubt that Kemuel will remain one to watch, leaving an indelible mark on the ever-expanding canvas of Afrobeat music.