KWAYE brings an irresistibly powerful energy to R&B. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in London, the singer has garnered over 15 million plays across his six released songs. He’s got soulful vocals, multi-instrumental abilities and an overall addicting sound. KWAYE is back with “What Have You Done,” a daring fusion of R&B and pop that begs the question, “What have you done for me?”
The track has a variety of moments, but remains smooth throughout with crisp snaps. The pre-chorus is cautious, with gentle vocals leading up to the explosive theme of the song. Ascending synth baseline supports KWAYE’s vocals as they dance above the track.
KWAYE comments on the meaning behind the lyrics, saying,
“That feeling of dependence on the wrong person can become the most difficult thing to escape, and ultimately drive you further and further away from yourself. ‘What Have You Done’ is the wakeup call that comes when you realize you’ve strayed too far. It asks, ‘At what cost have I continued to love you?’ in an act of regaining confidence and reclaiming ownership of yourself. There’s also an underlying narrative throughout the song about the importance of education and the lack of extensive teachings of black history beyond slavery in our school textbooks, but equally, how history and culture and have been channeled through music.”
Turn up “What Have You Done” and stay tuned for more from KWAYE soon.