Lungi Naidoo – Black Diamond Album Review | A Mixture of deep house, kalawa jazmee & Kwa Zulu land sound

An Album review To Black Diamond By Lungi Naidoo

Lungi Naidoo is a soulful singer and RnB sensational from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Signed under the Univeral Music  Group South Africa she has released her third studio album titled Black Diamond,  10 track dance album featuring heavyweights in the SA music industry. She describes the album to be a mixture of deep house, kalawa jazmee, and Kwa Zulu land sounds.

First out of the blocks is the stunning single Falling featuring Black Coffee. It is a dance hit with its full sound led by a prominent bass. The energetic track is peppered with tribal beats and a relentless arrangement that builds up to an exhilarating climax to thrill all music lovers.

The pair reunites once more on Away With Me, a light summer hit that is also musically rich and boasts the unmistakable tribal influence.

On the playful Kiss Madolo, Lungi goes back to the sound from home, KwaZulu-Natal. According to Lungi Naidoo, she anticipated the song to be a crowd favorite and a sing-along as she teases the knock-kneed.

The uptempoQhela is a club banger that bursts with infectious dance beats paired with the most tender, gentlest and soothing, if not whispery vocals.

She goes out of her vocal range and dabbles in a Pan-African sound with the West-African-kissed Uzobuya produced by Bobstar. She shows her vocal range versatility here as she delves deeper against a backdrop of lively dance beats.

Lungi Naidoo – Black Diamond

On a sober, albeit not preachy mode, Lungi sends a strong warning against tribalism on Niqaphele and pleads for all to love each other and pursue peace.

The young musician from KwaMaphumulo in KwaZulu-Natal grew up on a farm where she says she was obsessed with the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. She always knew that she would sing, which is why when she matriculated she headed straight to Johannesburg to pursue her dream.

It turned out to be a long and arduous road before hitting the big time. She releases two unsuccessful albums independently and struggled to find her feet in the competitive music industry.

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Lungi did background vocals for LoyisoBala and the late great Lebo Mathosa, an experience she says was her “music varsity”. She still keeps a positive mind about the challenges she faced.

It had to happen for one to understand that it’s not easy. I was willing to take the beating.

She runs The Lungi Foundation, an NGO supplying food and uniforms to vulnerable children in about 20 primary schools. She also appears in the forthcoming film Vaya directed by Akin Omotoso.

Having paid the dues there’s no stopping Lungi Naidoo and this is her time.

It’s impossible to be a one-hit wonder now. I have an amazing team around me. I will remain grounded and not caught up in the hype. My life is changing and I understand this journey more. And having done this before, this time feels different,” she says.

Lungi Naidoo’s album Black Diamond is available on all digital platforms and will have you shaking your booty. You can stream it here on your preferred platform

Lungi Naidoo – Black Diamond Track List

  • Kiss Madolo
  • Niqhapele
  • Falling (feat. Black Coffee)
  • Away With Me
  • Qhela
  • Shonaphi
  • Uzobuya
  • Niqhaphela (Acoustic)
  • You Are
  • I Will