DAWUNA - HONOUR
- Witloof Bar
A world of R&B laced with gospel and experimental undertones
WhenThu. 15 Jun, 2023
- Witloof Bar
Dawuna is a New York based singer-songwriter, producer & composer. His output blends an intimate and timeless mode of R&B with a woozy yet intricate production style that's all his own.
Dawuna : There's not much we can say about Honour that makes complete sense. They may or may not have grown up in the US, making beats with a cousin who sang in a church band; they might have toured as a roadie with platinum-selling R&B outfit Pretty Ricky before acing regional videogame tournaments and moving to NYC; and signed to Violator management; and maybe they ended up stationed in London, working as a runner on music promos. But however plausible it is, the breadcrumb trail provides us with a detailed cultural framework of a dense fog of pop and underground references that's as inescapable as it is enticing.
It's a rare debut that engulfs even the most cautious listener, sweeping through tongue-in-cheek Wild West bravado and psychedelic, overdriven club rap, bifurcating into crumbly DIY noise and vaporous euphoric soul. Sometimes barbed and cynical, but just as often deliriously warm-hearted, it's a record of contradictions that's as puzzling to unpick as the artist's baffling backstory.