Akua Naru – The Blackest Joy // Album Review

Code Black – April 27th

Steeped in history, politics and influenced by black music throughout the world, Akua Naru’s latest body of work is an experience to savour, a place to visit and soak up, something entirely of itself. Displaying the strength in the history of the oppressed, sampling James Baldwin, celebrating Serena and Venus Williams, Naru works to educate and inform as she raps and rhymes within the intricate instrumentation. At times her words feel drowned by the huge production, without the space and height to give them enough prominence within the tracks, but lead single ‘Made It’ is a glorious example of all the elements coming together to display Akua Naru’s talents at their strongest, a stand out moment in a cerebral work that is so suited to its title.

Buy: Akua Naru – The Blackest Joy