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Artiste: Iyanya

Track Title (Video): Head Swell

Album: Desire

Director: Moe Musa

Running Time: 3:41

Record label: Made Men Music Group

Year: 2013

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Iyanya is not a new name in the industry. After making hay at the 2008 MTN Project Fame, we have come to love every song and video the brother has reeled out. His sophomore album ‘desire’ which was released earlier in the year has had its fair share of hits. From club rockers ‘Kuruke’ and ‘Ur Waist ft Emma Nyra’ to ‘Sexy Mama’ with Wizkid and the highlife ‘Flavour’ Iyanya has shown talent.

To open up the month of August, the video for #HeadSwell went viral, (it was the intention). The video had generated a lot buzz (normal buzz though, a new video was out). The buzz fizzled out after a few days, I think PSquare’s ‘Personally’ still finds its way into the convo’s now and then.

In the wee hours of releasing the video, social media had links to this 18+ rated video. And yes, that was the attraction.

So, this is what the video offered.

A crop of ladies trying out sexual with their dance moves. I think we saw better dance moves during the Oliver twist video competition put together by MoHits in their days of existence. Asides the girls, trying to dance, there was nothing else. Iyanya seemed to be hanging loosely in the video.  For all I care he did not fit in perfectly.

If a video is rated 18+, then there has to be a reason, and if those girls were the reason for the 18+ then they got it wrong. We all saw the video of that Dbanj’s song that got banned on air.  (‘Suddenly’, I think)

The video for head swell did not reach full climax.

The video is not so much of an adventure as the ratings make it seem. For what it is worth, the video is just like any other video in 9ja; nothing special, and very much disappointing.

I also do think the song lacks any lyrical thrust that would entice one. The reggae feel was not bad, but then, that genre is known for its lyrical strength, regardless of the subject matter; It is not just about the beat and the rhythm. They don’t miss the point.

Iyanya better luck next time on an adventure of such. Nice try though.

I am @SeunIGE


Dbanj y’ato but not ‘Oyato’

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I finally listened to D’banj’s new single ‘Oyato’ on Saturday and this is what I think.

The much anticipated avowal of D’banj’s musical prowess has finally been released. Since the dirty and dramatic break-up with his partner and producer, Don Jazzy, music lovers and fans of the music crooner had anticipated his next release outside his established arena and comfort zone -Mo Hits crew

So on the 14th of July 2013, the award winning singer proved that no turf or arena is too big or small for him to maximize, by given the ‘Oliver’s’ out there something to munch on.

The single, produced by Jeremiah Shelika- JaySleek­- the first producer signed to DB Records, D’banj’s new record label is no different at all.

The intro to the song comprises of a recurring chant of ‘oyato’ and the chorus, which takes about 32seconds. This rolls into the first verse of the song which ends somewhere around 1minute 6seconds.

I love this verse for one thing; a proverbial phrase, which D’banj retains its beauty by delivering in Yoruba – “kira kita o ma d’ola afi eni to oluwa ba fi fun” – meaning, strength and might does not equate wealth but of him whom the Lord makes way for. (my translations)

Here on, the chorus clangs for a few more seconds, till what seems to be the Verse Two comes on. I am not sure if this song has a verse two, but if it does the only plausible thing in this verse is the harmonica, which is on for about 14 seconds, then this, which I’d like to call a mantra ,“if  you know what I know, you go like me, sleeky, tell them, if them know what I know, them go like me” and then the song goes into chorus, a show of JaySleek’s beat, a replay of the chorus, and the usual yelps, of ‘oseee, mogbe, oyato, and uhmm”, till the chorus fades.

I must say that the reintroduction of the harmonica, purportedly adds some aesthetic flavor and melodious serenade to the song.

Oyato, the Yoruba word for ‘I am different’ is no different from what I know of D’banj’s music; weak lines, a repeated cry of what we already know, (that he is different), a lot of yelping, the beats and harmonica, which for me make up for the empty verses.

D’banj’s oyato is a good song. It entertains. Just as the worst of song by the koko master. But he cannot continue to be mediocre about his music. A look at Tuface Idibia’s latest LP ‘Away and Beyond’, says it all from the album title to the songs in the album. A perfect representation of what is expected of D’banj.

JaySleek is not a bad producer at all. J, already known for making hits with Sound Sultan– 2010, Cartiair –‘Owo ati Swagger , Tuface Idibia – Implication, Only me, Outside, Jungle Don Mature and other artists.

D’banj is an entertainer no doubt, but to stay at the top, his songs need to go beyond being a show of  his craziness and funkiness, and give us a show of talent, skill and hard work; something entertaining as usual, with a show of maturity and development in his song writing.

With this song, I say D’banj has not matured in his music since his grand entrance in 2004, with the single “mo bo l’owon”. And that is no way to conquer the world D’banj.

We your loyal fans hope for something better soon.


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