Pulpit Kwa Street has not yet been launched but it has been released. What’s the difference? Well, it is available to be bought in stores since 27th March 2011 but the launched in August 2011. The album brings the ever fresh Juliani lyricism which unfortunately some get lost in forgetting the overall message! Juliani is a wordsmith of his own level!
This album brings a couple of new elements to Juliani’s music. Most notably, is Juliani doing his thing in English!! The song “Kilami” (slang for English) which in some way talks more to ‘tourists’ about what Kenya really is, is quite some interesting listen. Juliani uses a lot of English phrases here as compared to Mtaa Mentality. Could be in a bid to appeal to an audience beyond the borders which he can still capture completely nonetheless!
Another new element would be the fusion of something closer to techno with hip hop in “Kitanda yangu four by six”. This song gets you dancing and has taken an early lead in being a favorite for most that have listened to it!
“Niko Juu” is a soulful song that you would label as WorsHip Hop as Juliani seems to be in serious prayer. Good listen.
Clearly Juliani can be a “vocalist”… not the best but better than most as is evident in his doing most of his choruses. And where he’s not involved, he works with some great & gifted talent in the name of Nanjira (New Year), Celia Muya (Naumia) & Jaya (Bahasha Ya Ocampo) whose video is a well done, production-wise, video (A story line would have done it more justice!)
Pulpit kwa Street has not disappointed in the sense that Juliani has not forsaken his core Hip Hop roots only here he fuses it with various styles like the techo feel track in “Kitanda Yangu Four by Six” to the Jazzy Hip Hop feel in “Mimi na wewe” & of course hard hitting Hip Hop in “Red, Black & Green”.
An 8 should do the album justice!
Production is admirable.
Juliani’s lyricism is and has always been an A rated element in his music… His delivery here doesn’t disappoint in that aspect!
Just enough, relevant & necessary “collabos” with great talent that did not in any way disappoint. We all have seen some albums that have so many collabos that you begin to wonder if this was X artist’s album or an X artist & friends album! You don’t have to worry about that with Pulpit Kwa Street!
Juliani staying true to his identity is a big plus.
You can trust that you will feel Juliani putting his heart into his music & all songs give you the impression that they will sound great performed live which means signature Juliani energy!
Any let downs?
Well, nothing done by man is perfect, right?!
For one, the album title is “Pulpit Kwa Street” but you don’t quite get exactly why that is! That means that, as an album, it’s thematically unclear.
A remake of his song with the same title “Pulpit Kwa Street” would have been a great addition or even intro but the song is not even referenced!
Another option would have been to give a visual of “Pulpit Kwa Street” on the album cover but as you can see it shows nothing to that effect.
Juliani is a gifted artist that is bound to cross borders despite his predominantly sheng saturated music. A certified grade A live performer with almost unrivalled energy in his performances. Pulpit Kwa Street is an album worth your every penny: as Juliani delivers his great lyricism to put across his message of hope, addressing social issues and most importantly faith in God!