There are songs you hear and their melodies fill your heart and resonates through your very soul that you wish your body movements could express what your heart feels but most times you can’t and you just end up FLAPPING your arms and moving your head to the beat of the song because YOU CAN’T DANCE. I mean, I CAN’T DANCE.
Call me your average Nigerian JESUS CULTURE GIRL, HILLSONG, NEWSBOYS, CASTING CROWNS lover. I’m sure you’ve already figured out the category of music I’m talking about.
I have never particularly been a lover of Nigerian music, simply because, THEY DO NOT SING.
They simply sexualize females and talk about “BOM-BOM” only. And even the females themselves are nothing to write home about. I’m not going to mention CYNTHIA MORGAN.
They lack ORIGINALITY. Do I need to remind you of BANKY W’s EBUTE META? They try to copy ndi obodoyibo when they don’t even sound like them.
But these people came. They came into my life and changed it.
I remember the first time I listened to Phyno. I had never heard so much IGBO In RAP MUSIC before. Nigga Raw did so well, but believe me when I say PHYNO is the BEAST from the EAST. He makes Igbo language sound so beautiful. And for once I don’t want to even understand what he says. I just listen, FLAP MY ARMS and SHAKE MY BODY. His collaborations and features are out of this world.
FLAVOUR! Another Igbo brother. He has truly brought his own flavour to the Nigerian music industry. He has won the heart of everyone – Old. Young. Children. The way my mum loves “ADA ADA“, words can’t explain.
No Igbo boy and girl sleeps on FLAVOUR. If you’re planning to get married to an Igbo lady, you have to make her believe that you intend to bring Flavor (even though you know he’s not available). This is my way of saying, FLAVOUR is going to perform live on my wedding day. I will dance to his melodious voice as he sings:
Ada ada (adanwa) Ada ada (chei asanwa) Ada ada (hey ada) Ada n’idi ora nma Everybody dey wait (dey wait you) Puta kene na ogbo Ife di m mma amaka Better soup na money kill am o Adanwa ngwa pekem pekem ya Ada ada (hey adanwa) Ada ada iyo..ooo
Did I forget to mention my Ring tone is Keneya by flavour? It means THANKFUL. THANK YOU. THANKSGIVING.
He is to the YORUBAS’ what PHYNO and FLAVOUR are to the Igbos. I had my reservations about him at first. I had no idea what his songs meant and people said they didn’t have meaning. No be me talk am o. But despite the whole dirty talk, Olamide still has a way of telling his story through his music. He can go all emosh to party level in two minutes. He came from literally NOTHING and he has done so well for himself. Olamide has been there even before Phyno. He started the whole cultural consciousness in music. I mean people have composed culturally conscious music, but, Olamide brought it to a whole new level by SPITTING rap in Yoruba, hence, bringing a whole different ball game to the music arena in Nigeria. He does it so well.
I still remember the first time I heard SHAKITI BOBO…The rhythm. The beat. The flow. The language. EPIC. He didn’t stop there. Before I knew it, he released MELO MELO and LAGOS BOYS SNEH. These songs are my JAMS.
These are my favorites – with regards to cultural flow. But since we are still talking about THE ORIGINALS, I would love to mention ASA, TUFACE and even the young KISS DANIEL. I also think STOMREX is doing well for herself. Love the way she features PHYNO AND OLAMIDE. I think these guys are AMAZEBALLS!!! They make me want to become a BETTER IGBO RAPPER.
Lest I forget, can someone help me tell DAVIDO to stop singing about how he came from the streets and all those grass to grace gist? I mean, we all know his story. Just saying.
Anyways, that being said, even if I get married in the year 2060, I must dance to PHYNO, FLAVOUR AND OLAMIDE on my wedding day!
N/B : If you are reading this and you have not listened to Phyno, Olamide, Flavour and Stomrex features of Phyno, please go and listen to them. Buy or download.