What do you get when you mix soulful hip-hop à la The Roots and Anderson Paak with afrobeat? The innovative sound of Kay Slice.
Hip-hop lovers may still know him as a member of Brandwerk, but when this Dordt formation abandoned the mic in 2018, Kay Slice went his own way.
Before he started a solo project, he wanted to explore, he recently told 3voor12 Radio. And so he went on a journey to find out more about his Ghanaian roots, immersed himself in West African musical traditions and learned to play the balafon.
NRC reviewer Hester Carvalho described his solo debut From Back To Back, released in February, as a musical feast (four stars). ‘When [Kay Slice] raps, a miracle happens: his melodic voice bounces and bounces through the words as if trying to fend off a swarm of ants, only to turn that prickliness into the rolling and swinging tone of a charmer.’