Darkovibes is a young creative obsessed with myth-making. A multi-talented artiste, determined to permeate the minds of generations to come, he is driven by a narcissistic desire for timelessness.
Darkovibes is on a steady rise and his elevation from an underground counter-culture musician, with a magnetic charisma, to a pop star has been epic. He was an early devotee of an alternative coast rhythm defined by the genius of music producers like Kuvie.
His debut album — Kpanlogo — is a shrine of records. It takes you on a calm smooth ride, through the blues and glee, on a highway. Darkovibes is a brilliant storyteller.
Kpanlogo, slightly longer than half an hour, is a candid shift from a lustful pursuit of mysterious ladies to hallucinatory trips. It is also helplessly confessional.
It takes us into the personal life of Darkovibes: he drops many subliminal hints of experiences, fantasies and a glimpse of the social vices that characterise this generation. Kpanlogo delves into the concealed emotions and hidden pain often trapped within the mind of an individual.
His vocal skills have never been conventional. He sings from deep within – it’s clearly more about the feels – and the track list is perfectly arranged. It makes it difficult to skip past any tune. His compositions aren’t suppressed by a forceful desperation to rhyme; it focuses on the vibrations. The production is polished; his unpredictable cadences are neatly interwoven with feel-good beats.
He broke the code and discovered a way to make Kpanlogo borderless; it doesn’t sound tailored for a specific demographic. But it still preserves the signature Gã language on most records which draws the audience towards his identity.
The cherry on the top of a beautiful cultural reference was the album art by Midichi.
Photo description: Animation of the author, V. L. K. Djokoto, by Prince Ampofo Bonsu
The author, Vincent Djokoto, is a Business Executive and Columnist