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Review: Juma Mufasa – Children of The Sun

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A year after the original release of his project, the Ghanaian artist extends the project with five new songs that paces the laps his mind runs on all records.

Juma’s artistry is a very unique one. If anyone understands moulding a project as a body of work, it’s him. His ability to reveal the state of his emotions and mind via his songs is top-notch. And that’s all Children of the sun is about a dive into his world. Under 27 minutes and 10 songs, his craftsmanship as raw artistes sores higher, thanks to carefully produced sonic sounds that cut across all genres, making the project an experimental one.

The intro summarizes his frustration with life as a whole, recruiting Ghanaian storyteller Deydzi, whose writing helps him set the tone for a dark yet entertaining ride. On “For fun”, it’s the Piano chords that set the pace for Juma and surge. The duo create a “high tunes” type of music, with both vocals tender as ever at the book flights to cloud 9 with their minds. Despite all their problems, they still make time to let loose and have fun. 

The same energy channels its way to “Sometimes”, but the writing gets better. On snapped fingers with melodious sounds, he sings about how it’s all beyond his reach, describing the country’s hardships and his relationship with religion. Juma puts his experiences on all his songs, “MMM” has it all, almost like a memorandum to his mum, the record comes with regrets, a lost soul.

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The feeling that comes with losing a close one,  it’s such a relatable song, and you don’t even have to experience all he did to understand his message. The project’s guest feature is a very rare list of new-age artists who contribute to making this journey a complete one. “Pimps & plugs” has the hardest lyrics, with  Tulenkey delivering one of the hardest verses you’d ever hear from him.

It’s a relaxing production fueled by punchlines & stories about their days in the trap. Another guest to implement his ways is Pzeefire, on “Waguan, Wossop”, both acts channel their inner Alte spirit, getting all lovey-dovey with their lovers. It’s the production that steals the show here, with Alte elements summoned by Big spliff, who has multiple production credits for the project.

“Children of the sun” has the best production details on here. Produced by Jump-off, which screams pieces of the 80’s music era, with Juma’s approach pushing the song into a different dimension. The level of lyrical and musical comfort Juma Mufasa displays in this project is almost unnerving, and in the last song, he is as emotional as ever.

With the help of Marince, “children with adult problems” is one of the. Stirred with a choir performance, the duo weave in and out of life’s unanswered questions with their verses, allowing the listener to question their habits of making meaning. Marince’s verse is elevated by Fluttering organs as he preaches about his hustle.

In an era where projects are not consumed as much as they should be in the Ghanaian listening space, Juma creates a space where if you tap on one song, you’ll just allow the project to take you on a slow ride through just mind, making it a journey you’d like to revisit as a listener.

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