Tajinere - Ours Tonight / Welcome (Heart of the Nation)
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
It's all about the music. Nothing else is important, beams Tajinere,
an exciting Hip-Hop artist
who has recently returned to live in Hull.
He used to live in Hull, but in 2004 he took off travelling and spent some time in Australia and Guatemala.
Now he's back, and he's focusing all his energy on music, with this double-A side single being his debut release.
Ours Tonight is a chilled-out and entrancing tune that pits Streets-esque street poetry against
soul-filled Craig David-styled smoothness: I think ladies will pay homage to me.
Essentially, this tune is all about getting psyched up for a top night on the town (We're
living for the weekend; we're loving going clubbing, goes the prime chant of the song),
and it proves just what a talented singer Tajinere is, as well as how great a musician
he is too, having played all the instruments therein.
In fact, he has seemingly attended to every last detail concerning this release - having
written, arranged, produced and mixed all song elements, as well as having designed all the artwork too.
The Welcome tune hears him rant, rave and rap in style about how he hates all things
Pop Idol-esque, as sultry synths, a firm backbeat and a bold bass-line collectively
conspire to usher in the song's strong chorus.
An instrumental version of Welcome further proves just how complex the music is.
To follow up this release, Tajinere's debut album - Paupers And Kings - is due to be released soon,
with gigs in and around Hull also residing in the pipeline on the back of other appearances
he has made in the city at both the Linnet & Lark and the good old Adelphi Club.
The quality of Tajinere's musical vision is yet more proof that Hull genuinely is a breeding
ground for all manner of exciting bands and musical projects, so if you'd like more
info about this man and his music, please visit
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