Big Island’s Kumsa Maphalala’s new single “Oh Honey, I” is a soulful piece that fuses a funky groove with a message of letting go of the little things and enjoying life. The instrumentation and arrangement kept me engaged with smooth saxophone lines, tasty guitar licks, and a tremendous steady backbeat! The flute’s addition to the arrangement stands out as an excellent unique quality of the track, giving the tune a vintage edge. The song effortlessly creates a relaxed and groovy atmosphere that provides the audience with the room to relax and enjoy the ride.
Kumsa’s vocals pair perfectly with the instruments supporting her. Her voice has a pleasant vibrato that grabs the listeners’ attention. The piece’s emotion is reflected perfectly in her performance, feeling encouraging, soothing, and inviting. Her voice brings the lyrics to life.
“Take your time and enjoy the ride cause you never know how long it will last… ‘Oh Honey I,’ wish you’d remember the worth you are.” The lyrics encourage the listener to accept themselves and live a life free of self-judgment – Indie Vibe
“Oh Honey, I” is the perfect song to sit back and jam to if you’re looking for a chill listening experience. Each element of the music comes together into a super pleasant record and would fit seamlessly into your playlists. You can find this song and the rest of Kumsa’s discography on Spotify, and a music video for “Oh Honey, I” is up for your viewing pleasure on YouTube.
Kumsa Maphalala is a twenty-one-year-old singer-songwriter from the Big Island of Hawaii. She was raised around music and began her musical career in a local marimba band called Kunzwanana at 10. She fell in love with the guitar at 15 and went on to spend two years studying music at Portland’s School of Rock where, as a member of the House Band, she had the opportunity to play in some of the best local venues in Portland, Chicago, Milwaukee (Summer Fest) and more. Kumsa has a deeply soulful voice that many people associate with singers such as Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones, and Grace Slick. Her lyrics are original and drawn from personal experiences of growth and vulnerability. Now living in Costa Rica, Kumsa is a student at EARTH University, a four-year college focused on Sustainable Agriculture and Engineering.
Kumsa is significantly driven by the dream of creating a world that can support generations to come through regenerative communities and thoughtful, sustainable development. This dream is also evident in the songs Kumsa writes, as she feels music is one of the most powerful ways to spread ideas and goals such as this with people around the world. Kumsa wishes to keep writing and recording music that expresses her passion for creating a healthy and prosperous future for all.
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