Lol I’m the most out of touch person on this blog.
I still don’t have the story I promised a while back but fingers crossed that might be coming soon.
I just came here to share a song I recently fell in love with and rant a little about the state of Naija music.
“Fe Mi” by Brymo
I love love love this song! It’s so nice.
It reminds me a little of the traditional things that take place in a typical Yoruba reception /engagement /traditional wedding. There are so many names for it that they’ve got me confused.
And it tells such a beautiful love story in the Yoruba parts and the English part tells of the sensual attraction between lovers.
I really like the story of hot romance that the song tells. And Brymo’s husky voice which has been described as textured just makes the song so much more.
The lyrics make sense. Not the typical Naij songs with a good beat and senseless lyrics.
This led me on a journey into Brymo’s previous albums.
Can we just take a minute to appreciate good music! I mean y’all need to listen to “Merchants, Dealers and Slaves”
With the Afrobeats tracks, the philosophical lyrics, deep Yoruba lyrics as well as the traditional acoustics, this album is so rich!
For a thorough look insight into that album you can check http://www.nairaland.com/1486334/brymo-merchants-dealers-slaves-album
At first I was outraged. How could such a great artist not be popular? How could he have such a crappy marketing team? What label did he belong to that wasn’t making him their priority? I just kept ranting to my friend, who at one point told me to ask my dad to forfeit paying my school fees to sponsor Brymo. Haha! I could have smacked her.
Then I realized that even if he had the best marketing team he would probably not be as happening as the likes of Wizkid, or the new people like Burna boy and without compromising his music or diluting his lyrics.
See the problem is not the artist or even the labels or whatever else; it is the audiences that they are trying to sell to. Nigerians do not like songs that make sense. In fact I’m convinced that if your song makes too much sense it will most likely not be a hit in this country.
Let’s take one of Brymo’s songs (lol I’m a little obsessed) that I consider being one of his greatest hit so far, “Ara”. Forgive me if I’m wrong but my knowledge of Naija music is sparse.
When “Ara (Wonder)” came out I remember loving it even, because something about the intro sounded familiar. So I went searching for the meaning.
“Ara n mbe
Ti mo fe da
Karaye ma pa kadara da
O n mbe “
It roughly translates there are things I want to do, waves I want to make, wonders I want to establish, that people and basically life shouldn’t kill my dreams, shouldn’t put me down, shouldn’t weigh me down.
And to me I feel it’s so sincere, something that a lot of people can relate to that, myself included.
And then the verses came after. He had to include how there was a babe whining her waist and shaking her ass and how he was going take her home. How he and his friends were going to take over the town even if for that night. And to me, the verses took away from the intro. But to be fair at least it made sense, at least there was a connection. It kind of flowed.
Let’s look at Shoki the newest dance hit in Naij. It is such a fun song! Something we can all dance too, it even comes with its own steps. But come on! I don’t want her to whine her waist or shake her ass, all I want her to do is to shoki. That’s basically the whole song and to me compared to the rest of its peers like Azonto, or better yet Skelewu, it came the closest to being coherent.
Or Don Gorgon by Burna Boy. I really like this song, I really do but can someone please explain this song to me? Haha or any D’banj song.
It just goes to show that if your song make too much sense and it’s not a song that people can dance to in Naij, you might have a harder time making it in the Naija industry.
Am I being too harsh on Naija songs? Maybe. After all there are loads of songs being produced in the Western world that also don’t make a lot of sense. Maybe Not all songs really have to make sense. Maybe my expectations are too high. Maybe not every time meaningful songs sometimes also senseless, feel good, danceable music.
One thing that I have to allude to Brymo’s songs is that apart from making known the gaping holes in my knowledge of the Yoruba language, they inspire me to delve deeper into the language, to want to know and understand my language more instead of running to my mum to ask for interpretations.
Well that’s my two cents.