South African born songress, BON has released the most anticipated Album uThando (Love to the World). The album comprises 25 tracks which includes Bantu, iza (Come), Teach me, Down for you, Shona Malanga, Ubomi, Carolina, uTando, Yawa.
BON is renowned for detail, imagination and execution when it comes to songwriting.
For BON, it’s been a long time coming and “uThando” is a documentary of Sharing Loveto the world.. the life she’s been living, the times, and the vibes.
On her journey to becoming one of the most celebrated female songsters in South Africa, At first glance, it feels like an album of mostly well-conceived songs, carefully arranged based on the genre of music or style of music each song is to permit easy track-by-track transcendence and segues.
To be fair, BON’s previous work dealt excessively with the theme of unrequited love and romantic fantasies of a teenager. She realized overt emphasis on heartbreak and unreciprocated affection might never see her gain new grounds in the music industry.
BON spent quality time to polish her sound and her style of music on her new album, “uThando”. Each single has its own narrative; it is not a repetition of the erstwhile tracks.
On this album, BON experimented with Afro-Pop/ Afrobeats genre instead of the usual R&B.
But that’s the catch. The irony of the growth BON has undergone is that she has the ability to diversify. It’s taken her a while, but she has finally become a household name, she’s become that lady everyone recognises, that’s literally a standard.
As tough as the year has been, she has tried putting out positive outlook, youth & vigour in songs like Weekend Special, Deeper, Realize, Sthandwa Sami (My Love), uThando, Hamba.
In Hold My Hand & $Million (Million Dollar)
After successfully releasing her hit music, she drops Bantu, BON is quite unsurprisingly excellent on the songwriting front
The track, Iza which means come is another love song which hits differently while her consistency is admirable.
Another track, Teach Me which is ready to learn and BON reaches out to people who want to learn how to love..
The track, Down for you: On “Down For You,” the fourth track on the album, you’ll hear her claim she is still the same girl, and she hasn’t changed. She sings about being ready for love and down to love regardless.
Sthandwa Sami is one her favorite songs on the album as it talks about how Love can be although beautiful but cruel.
After listening to BON’s self-titled album, it is apparent that the songstress has embarked on a voyage of self discovery.
Her new album, uThando is noteworthy of its diversity in lyrics, theme and most importantly, vocal expression.