Review by Nico Low
Kumsa Maphalala's "Oh Honey, I" is a soulful piece that fuses a funky groove with a message of letting go of the little things and enjoying life. The instrumentation and arrangement kept me engaged with smooth saxophone lines, tasty guitar licks, and a tremendous steady backbeat! The flute's addition to the arrangement stands out as an excellent unique quality of the track, giving the tune a vintage edge. The song effortlessly creates a relaxed and groovy atmosphere that provides the audience with the room to relax and enjoy the ride.
Kumsa's vocals pair perfectly with the instruments supporting her. Her voice has a pleasant vibrato that grabs the listeners' attention. The piece's emotion is reflected perfectly in her performance, feeling encouraging, soothing, and inviting. Her voice brings the lyrics to life.
"Take your time and enjoy the ride, cause you never know how long it will last…Oh Honey I, wish you'd remember the worth you are." The lyrics encourage the listener to accept themselves and live a life free of self-judgment.
"I don't know about you, my friends, but I see stories on every end. And I don't know how to live a life in a cage." Kumsa's voice pairs perfectly with the message of the song!
"Oh Honey, I" is the perfect song to sit back and jam to if you're looking for a chill listening experience. Each element of the music comes together into a super pleasant record and would fit seamlessly into your playlists. You can find this song and the rest of Kumsa's discography on Spotify, and a music video for "Oh Honey, I" is up for your viewing pleasure on YouTube! Kumsa's passion for spreading a healthy dose of positivity is refreshing, and I'm looking forward to her future work!
About Kumsa Maphala
Kumsa Maphalala is a twenty-two-year-old singer/songwriter from the Big Island of Hawaii. She was raised around music and began her musical career in a local marimba band Kunzwanana at 10. She fell in love with the guitar at fifteen. She spent two years studying music at Portland's School of Rock, where, as a member of the House Band, she had the opportunity to play in some of the best local venues in Portland, Chicago, Milwaukee (Summer Fest), and more. Kumsa has a deeply soulful voice that many have associated with singers such as Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones, and Grace Slick. Her lyrics are original and drawn from personal experiences of growth and vulnerability. Just wrapping up her final year of studies at Costa Rica's EARTH University, Kumsa is significantly driven by the dream of creating a world that can support generations to come through regenerative communities and thoughtful, sustainable development. This dream is evident in the songs Kumsa writes, as she feels music is one of the most powerful ways to spread ideas and dreams such as this with people around the world. Kumsa wishes to keep writing and recording music that expresses her passion for creating a healthy and prosperous future for all.