By Udochukwu Ikwuagwu
Today, I present to you 5 must-see Nigerian music videos for the week (12/10/2014-18/10/2014). These crisp visuals complement the songs perfectly, making viewing a worthy venture.
- NO BE YOU- WAJE
WAJE is arguably the best female vocalist in Nigeria; and when she teams up with one of the finest producers- Cobhams Asuquo, the result is a near-masterpiece. The lyrics of the song ease into the video frames like milk over coffee. The video, itself, is a mini-drama; it tells a story of a stormy relationship between two lovers- filled with bickering, which is poignant. The video frames switch quickly- from a sullen WAJE, to a burst of anger, to an accident, etc. The flashbacks, premonitions and moments of clarity make the video interesting. FilmBoy did a very good job on this.
- LOKE LOKE- SEAN TIZZLE FEAT. 9ICE
The Unlimited LA shot video for Sean Tizzle’s Loke Loke’s a commendable one. The storyline midwifes the lyrics, making it more vivid. The video has a celebration feel. The music video concept tells of the struggles of an up and coming artiste; from a thought-filled bus ride, recording music with his off-work hours, to scurrying on his day-job, to getting a record deal, to the celebration party, etc. 9ice is by no means a bystander. His hoarse voice works magic on this with lines such as: A n rin nile, inu belesin/A n je turkey, inu beleran/Wetin man go do?/Man must to work, before man go chop (One walks, the horse owner’s angered/One feasts on turkey, the meat seller’s resentful/What can one do?/Man must work before eating). The white clothing worn by both Sean Tizzle and 9ice adds an angelic air to their success story.
- IDIAGBON- BIG KLEF
Don’t get it twisted. This is neither an ode nor a tribute to the former military chief; it’s a bouncy Hip Hop song with elements of Southern Rap and Trap music. Don’t be swayed by the heavy American influence on the song, Big Klef’s use of local slangs and the catchy hook bring you back to the Nigerian essence. His breath control, energy, infectious ad-libs and honcho-style make this record enjoyable. Unlimited LA’s visual translation of the lyrics shows the artiste ‘riding’ around his city- Warri, both on land and on water. ‘Throw your hands in the air if you repping for your lungu’ sees Big Klef and his associates carrying their city on their shoulders, proudly. The infusion of both traditional and contemporary female dancers seeks a blend of both worlds- of which the artiste is proud to be associated with.
- NGANGA- MISTA CHIVAGU FEAT. PHYNO
Paul Gambit outdid himself with the art direction of this one- He got the colour grading, lighting, costume, etc right, and was impressive. This is probably his best shot music video to date. The video sees a colourful array of Igbo war-dancers and masquerades attempting to create a pictorial wonder. Nganga is an ego-trip or self-adulation musical piece; it means yanga in local parlance, or swagger in urban speaking. Mista Chivagu and Phyno both trade bars in Igbo on this subject.
- AMIN- DAMMY KRANE
Hypertek artiste and TuFace’s protégé, Dammy Krane, sought the services of prolific video director, Clarence Peters, and the result is this band-inspired video. The song is a prayer chant, and sees the artiste listing things he seeks for in life, ending every item with the religious interjection- Amin/Amen. The Bata dancers and the local drummers- especially those on the talking drums- add colour to the black and white frames. The black and white footage gives it a retro-feel. The frames change and coloured-pictures of a young (or younger) Dammy Krane are plastered over; with images of him dressed in a soutane- adding to the religious imagery. This is really easy on the eyes.
Udochukwu writes from Ibadan. You can catch him listening to different genres of music on his iPod or buying CDs at your popular music store when he’s not working.
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