Hiya! Zibah here! The title is kinda morbid right? I know. It’s the title of a new song/Album by Lana Del Rey. No, she isn’t a 95years old lady with warts on her face and chin like a lizard’s gular fold. she is a 25years old pretty lady that sings like she is suffering from bouts of depression and just wants to die. Ok, that was harsh but was my exact impression of the lady when I watched her ‘Video Game’ music video. I was skipping through station on my satellite-enabled TV a few minutes later, absolutely bored, *skip-skip-change-skip* nothing remotely interesting so I leave the station on Nigezie or Kennis Music TV (can’t remember which. These music stations are like the MTV and Channel O of Nigeria). Anyway, after a few minutes, a mournful music intro was sneaking out through the TV’s speakers, I looked up, Artiste: Lana Del Rey, song: Born to die. No point changing the station so I decided to suffer through another mournful 3-4minutes of depressing sh*t. She started singing…with me staring morosely at the TV set till she was done. Ok, a part of the chorus registered in my consciousness so I decided to download the song and listen closely (it wouldn’t hurt to have diverse genre on my portable music player plus my music library needed a major overhaul). ‘Hmmm! It’s not so bad after all’. I said after having it on replay for a few minutes. Continue reading
I love music. Granted, my singing voice makes me cringe nevertheless, I have a healthy dose of respect for people with healthy lungs. Holla at Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and even Shayne Ward vocal prowess. With him, I’m a tad confused as my research of male human puberty points to the period when the voice cracks and becomes hoarse. So except Shane Ward is a eunuch, how is he able to carry such high notes (note to self: send a mail to Shayne Ward politely requesting for medical report on his reproductive biology).
Anyway, since I currently reside in Lagos state, Nigeria. I have unhindered access to all the local music and I gotta say artistes like Waje, Darey, Asa, J-Martins, Retta (she is still relatively new to the scene, I love her ‘Tomorrow’ video), Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Weird MC, (she says she’s female, but I need confirmation because I have cause to believe she has the masculine genitalia. C’mon, how else would you explain the serious nigger attitude and the not-quite-visible-boobs plus she doesn’t wear panties) etc make me really proud of Nigerians.
Some may wonder why the ‘musical hurricane’- Wizkid isn’t mentioned here. As much as I like and dance (yes, I dance) to some of his songs, he feels very Beiber-ish to me i.e. a little overhyped (hey, no angry glare, it’s just my humble opinion). Lately, I have developed a thing for the Akpako master-Terry G *sighs*. While I maintain that the dude isn’t mentally balanced, what does it say of the listener’s (me) mental health? Am I unstable too?
Presently, my favest 9ja jams (9ja? who funkified the country’s name-Nigeria anyway? Is it legal? Do I have to update my database to include the name? Answers please) are Retta’s Tomorrow, Tiwa Savage and Don Jazzy’s Without my Heart, J Martins ft Cabo Snoop and Waje- Goodtym and Chuddy K’s Gaga crazy (I especially like the chorus where he says ‘‘…sugar cane no be bamboo, Chuddy K no be baboon….’’. It’s hilarious because he does look like a baboon in my opinion. Nah, i’m just being mean).
In other parts of Africa, I doff my hat for Stella Mwangi. I like the funky way she sings, I find it strangely sexy. Fally Ipupa (he looks especially like one of the twins from the sensational P-square duo…Peter I think). Cabo Snoop, while he isn’t exactly visually pleasing, he’s got skills to make Shakira go green with envy. Finally, Camp Mulla. I love their club jam- Party don’t stop.
Anyway, what African artiste do you fancy?
* inserts Onyeka Onwenu Iyogogo Album* Hey! Its African music appreciation night. *turns off lamp*