Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ogecha is 'Intentionally Woman'


After the song ‘Intentionally Woman’ came out, it took me a few days to listen to it. Not because I had heard something damaging about it but because I was stuck in the euphoria of ‘Dumimaja’ Ogecha’s previous hit song. I didn’t want to listen to something new that might sway me from the music of one of the happiest people I had ever had a chance to converse with.

Regardless, I had a listen. Oh boy was I swayed! I immediately felt the need for me to stand up to my feet at attention and give a salute like I would an anthem, till the music was done playing. Absolutely remarkable I thought.

I believe that one of the greatest gifts a musical artist has been given, is the ability to create something their audience aren’t expecting but in a way need, so it’s almost serendipity once the audience listens to the musical creation speaking to their needs.

Basically, ‘Intentionally woman’ is a simple charge, or call to arms if you will for women and just everyone  who has the good sense to understand the depth of the music really.

The intimate beginning of the music and her voice doesn’t prepare you for the fullness of her singing that comes through at the bridge and chorus that just comes out so unexpectedly boisterous and then it filters back to that intimate beginning.

A rhythmic showstopper, the instrumentation is something to be commended as it just opens up like a flower, almost has you feeling like your ears are in a caress.

It sings thus “takes only one step to be who you want to be and shine…shine, intentionally woman”

It’s a conscious call for all to choose their own path, it speaks on the tough nature of existing in a world where women haven’t been given so much but it doesn't come off as a sad, pity us piece or even an overly angry feminist piece. it comes off as a ray of sunshine, that initial spark of strength.
It’s a simple word to the wise woman to come through all the hurt, pain, bitterness, anger and such and be who she is meant to be for herself.


Intentionally Happy, Intentionally human and intentionally woman. 


Thursday, 13 July 2017

A'Rese : More than the Voice



After I was done listening  to A’Rese’s 'Uwe No', I though to myself “ well, I’ve got to have this played at my wedding ceremony”

It just had this happy go lucky feel to it that appealed to your happy side and you maybe weren’t sure that you had started smiling. And its not just her enthralling voice that picks at you, its the soul you can feel in the music of the song.

Coming off of as the winner of the first edition of the voice Nigeria, I imagine it was probably something of a pressure to come up with a sound that both captured herself as a musical person and her audience that had grown to love her rather alternative style, voice and choice of songs.
But she did amazing, staying true to herself, now even if for the life of me, I don’t know what 'Uwe No' means but dear lord it’s a pleasure to listen to.

The song on its own takes a very engaging narrative arc that speaks to the simplicity of the human heart once its taken a bow to love, her amazing voice is not the only thing you get to enjoy in this amazing video and song, You have the pleasure of engaging Ladipoe’s lyrical awesome-sauce-ness.
His verse was basically the cherry and icing on a cake that is guaranteed to hit every of your nerve endings.

“ The story of how we fell in love, I’ll save the speech for my reception.”

You’ll have to listen to get it.





Monday, 10 July 2017

WurlD: Show You Off



Perhaps it was the delicate nature of determined softness that came with the trumpet’s blow, or the highlife-esque feel that came with the beat or maybe it was the quintessential voice of someone who became his words as he sang, a voice that could sing you to sweet dreams at any point of the day, perhaps it was the rhythm that had me swaying mindlessly and forgetting the noise that was life in the restaurant I was sat.

Show you off, transported me to my happy place, where all is right with the world and romance isn’t dead and chivalry hasn’t taken a back seat to the undesirable nonsense we are forced to cope with.(I digress) 
This guaranteed playlist repeat is a singular confirmation of a lover’s reassurance to his beloved. His utmost purpose to ‘show her off’ as the song implies.

Its not necessarily all the words that get you happy and appreciated, but it’s the way they are said. That almost intoxicating croon that just absolutely does your head in and commands you not just to listen, but to pay attention to this heart moving number.
Making you slightly poetic for the 4 minutes and 3 seconds it plays out for, unless you decide like me, to play it again.

Wurld's collaboration with Shizzi X Walshy fire was (If i do say so myself) Fire! 





It would seem there's a lot this Lagos born singing sensation has to offer us yet.