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Music Review: Nina Roz’s “Ntinka Nkutinke”

It had been a while since we had last heard from the “Munda Dala” singer and diva Nina Roz. In brief; she had been musically M.I.A (Missing in Action) for quite some time now. Keeping in mind that asides being an artist and performer, Nina is also a song writer, dancer and model so I suppose she had focused on her other side of professions (as per her posts on her socials) as she went back to the kitchen to cook for us some fine music; since it’s her other passion.

The Kibuli born and raised artist rose to the heights and won the hearts of many over the time ever since her musical debut under the guardianship of Team No Sleep (TNS) in 2016 releasing songs like “Sikutta, and “Mekete” (feat. Roden Y) before she could quit for personal reasons to later join Boom Bark Records which served managerial duties in Nina Roz’s career for a solid two years.  It was while at Boom Bark that she released songs like “Olumya Bano (2018), Muliro (2018), Anayinama and Munda Dala last year (2019). Her consistence in producing good music that fans resonate with has earned her performance slots and big bookings for events like the MTN Pulse Jam Fest, the TECNO Heroes in Color Run, the Bell Jamz All Star Tour among shows.

During the musical break, a lot of changes happened in Nina’s life and just mid last month, she revealed that she had made a shift in management; dropping Rubaga based – Boom Bark Records for a better deal.

The new label that Kankuda Nina (also known as Nina Roz) has signed to is known as Sure Events; which besides artist management also organizes music concerts across the country and is now in charge of her bookings and promotion. It is under this signing that she’s released her latest love themed single titled “Ntinka Nkutinke” on the 12th of March; which served as opening single to Nina Roz’s 2020 musical account.

While in a recent interview on NTV The Beat, the award-winning singer revealed that her new management had hooked her up with an apartment, a brand-new car and on top of that hired a professional team to assist her in elevating her career.

According to Nina Roz, “Ntinka Nkutinke” is a love single that’s all about giving and receiving the same amount of care and affection from your partner in a relationship.

Audio: “Ntinka Nkutinke” was produced, mixed and mastered in Sabula Records by audio producer and sound engineer: Diggy Baur; (his producer tagline is sabula and can be heard in/on most songs he’s worked on). For those who might not be familiar with him, he’s the genius behind many chart-topping hits such as Fik Fameica’s “Muko”, “Baliwa” by Jose Chameleone and Spice Diana + Ray G’s smash hit “Omushehse”, many of King Saha’s songs among others.  The song does run under a 3minutes: 25 seconds play time.

VideoTwo days to the official music video’s premier (21st March); she posted to her socials informing her 31,000 plus fans (Rozbuz) that she had taken her time on this one and that the wait would be worth it. Talking of video concept and credits; the visuals were shot by M. Grate Pest, styling was done by Mavo Kampala

Compared to the past music videos Pest has directed for Nina Roz, I can really say he gave “Ntinka Nkutinke” his all. To start it off is with an eye captivating and opening scene which is off a blend of nature; that is- a butterfly is in the background, with the singer’s face moving through it and then an elephant passes by. And yeah, it almost skipped my mind; -there’s an eagle too, flying through almost adjacent to the elephant.  First time am seeing such a concept being put to use; and mind you all this first impression took place in the first five seconds of watching the music video. She then drops her artistry tagline; “it’s the Ugandan property”, we are thereafter introduced to the dancing couple in the visuals as trumpets sounds are also accompanying the song’s beats and flow. Really have to give kudos to the director for not only making use of artificial light but being able to tell a compelling flow of events, mixing vintage effects, and some natural light in it at some point; and the creativity with the magazine cover issues where he makes the singer the cover, the subject and main focus of it. In the final minutes the director introduces the black and white feel and touch the video. You can really tell M. Grate Pest went all out on this one. If you are familiar with Krept & Konan and Jeremih’s “Freak of the Week” song’s video, you’ll realize there’s a mimic of that pink background they used in the song’s video being borrowed and applied in Ntinka Nkutinke, though here there are black cross lines going through it.

The video makes up for the best parts of this song where I kind of felt like the lyrics let the song down; but again, thanks to the visuals and Baur’s efforts on the beats that added to the Ntinka Nkutinke song’s musical appeal and momentum. I mean;

there’s so much to applaud, the simplicity of the video, minimal use of locations and yet making the most of the one or two where the video shoot took place; hence letting the message sink in, plus the idea of bringing in nature into play (the butterfly, elephant, eagle) must have been my other catches.

Verdict

All factors combined, the song takes away a comfortable 7/10 rating. Here are some of the snapshots from the video:

That aside, I feel and know that Nina Roz is a really talented young lady, artist and go-getter who I do wish nothing but the best with her music, modelling and all she places her hands on.

Munda Dala (her hit single from last year) was one of the anthems of the year 2019, gaining massive airplay in hangout spots as well as mainstream media. Fingers crossed “Ntinka Nkutinke” too is coming for that spot; once social hangout places have resumed business since this song is a future club banger; and like we all understand what is going on- social distancing. But when all is said and done, this song will get its chance at a shine.

As for now, watch Ntinka Nkutinke by clicking the link below and tell us what you think about it in the comments section: https://youtu.be/MTVd6bFUaFc