Could Kwesta’s New Single Spirit Pass As Ngud’ 2.0?

On 18 Jan 2016 Kwesta dropped Ngud’, a single featuring one of the biggest stars on the continent, Cassper Nyovest. The single would go on to become the most played song on radio, in addition to winning Best Collaboration at the South African Music Awards. Fast forward a year and half later, Kwesta just dropped his latest single Spirit featuring US rapper Wale and the single shares striking similarities to his hit single Ngud’. Seven years after releasing his debut album Special ReKwest, it sounds like K1’s finest has finally found his formula. Lets look at whether Spirit could pass as Ngud’ 2.0;

As artists grow over time, its not unusual for an artist to find their voice and sound which not only defines their career but their place in music history. After the release of his third studio album DaKaR II, singles from the album, Ngud’, Nomayini, Mayibabo and Ngiyaz’fela Ngawe shot Kwesta up the charts to critical acclaim.

Kwesta has always been considered one of our best rappers, his wordplay, flow, cadence and work ethic are next to none, but Spirit goes beyond finding a sound to being a near identical version of Ngud’. With Ngud’, Kwesta had finally moved from being massively underrated to cream of the crop, it is understandable why he would use the same sound to secure his summer. To compare the two, we’ll look at the production, the features, and the flow to validate the assumption that Spirit is Ngud’ 2.0.

Production; While Ngud’ is produced by DJ Maphorisa, Spirit is produced by long time Kwesta collaborator Makwa 6eats. Both tracks sample popular house songs that give the songs a nostalgic feel, which is a key element to the similarity. Ngud’ samples Camino Del Sol by Antena, and Spirit samples Spirit Chasers with These Tears. 1/3

Feature; Although a feature on a song does not necessarily mean two songs sound similar, in this case, we will consider the strength of the feature. Kwesta featured Cassper at the time when Cassper was one of the biggest stars in the country, he still is, but his verse was colossal. Although Wale’s verse does not come close to Cassper’s verse, to be honest, its somewhat forgettable, so the strength of the feature is based on Wale being a considerable American rapper. 2/3

Flow; Kwesta flow, cadence, and Kwaito-inspired vibe on both songs is near identical,  together with the samples, this is the most striking similarity. The hood content, laid-back deep voiced hook and perfectly timed break seal the deal. 3/3

We ain’t mad at this at all, if anything, we’re happy Hip-Hop stands a good chance of owning one more summer. If you find a winning wave, ride that sh&t till it dies. Spirit!


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