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aKing: Dutch Courage

Friday, May 16th, 2008

The best way to write a review on an album is to stick it on your Sennheisers, pump it full blast and just let the words flow. And as I sit here, I can’t believe I’m listening to South African music. The production is hot and debut album Dutch Courage full of the tangible energy of accomplished songwriters and performers. aKing get off to a flying start, and pick up a new fan in the process.

aKing - Dutch Courage

The English wing of the Punkskelm brat-pack, aKing has blasted onto the scene with relentless energy, administering guitar hooks and dire, singalong songs that are destined to become the car-stereo classics of future festivals. No doubt about it.

As much as these guys are the same seasoned musicians behind nation-building bands like Fokofpolisiekar (both Hunter Kennedy and Snakehead Venter are active members of the band), the music overlaps less than you’d think. I went into my first aKing gig the other day expecting a rehash of Fokof and Van Coke Kartel, but through an exhaustive national tour, the guys from Cape Town have demonstrated an individuality that goes beyond album title ‘Dutch Courage’.

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