There is no doubt that Mbati is vocally gifted, but the main disappointment about the album is that there is hardly a song it contains that could be considered memorable.
While Smeche attempts to emulate his South African contemporaries, Oleseng Shuping and Solly Moholo, he should really work hard to reach their status in contemporary mokhukhu-style.
However, the opening song, Ke Boela Gae, is one of the songs in the album that should win him a good following. The song is about the prodigal son, who decides to return to the Lord, after experiencing hardships.
The next song, which is also the title-track Sello Saaka, is a lukewarm offering. In it, the singer also talks about an apostate Christian who wants to return to the Lord. The Christian confesses to God that he had been pursuing worldly pleasures, but now wants to return to him.
Smeche reminds his listeners in Re Ba Jaki that we are all pilgrims on this earth and that everybody is carving a path towards eternal life for himself or herself. Likewise, in Nkolobetsa, he is appealing to God to save him from the clutches of sin and baptise him.
Neela Tsaaka is a call to God by the artist that he should anoint him like
prophets of old so that he should go out and serve him. This song would most certainly appeal to those individuals who are thirsty to serve God.
A Ke Go Tsebe is another offering that should most certainly win Smeche some fans. Like Ke Boela Gae, the song is danceable and easy on the ear.
The artiste's rendition of the popular hymn, Seteng sediba is also a good track though the singer could have done better with it. Seteng Sediba followed A Ke Go Tsebe, instrumental.
As previously stated, Smeche is a gifted singer and as a cherry on top his backing vocalists are also gifted. Having said that, if the artist wants to make an impact in the gospel music genre, he should engage producers who would be in a position to help him best exploit his voice and churn out hits in the process.
Although some might argue that one should not judge a book by its cover, Smeche could have done much better with a well-designed album sleeve, for example.
For somebody who is relatively new in the music industry, the album is certainly a brilliant attempt. Sello Saaka is produced, mixed and mastered by Prince Mhlanga, who also arranged the instruments.