by Micheal Ace
One thing is rising; another is staying on the height of mountains and keeping your head above water. Obviously, you can’t have your head under water and breathe fine; not even John Legend can. The Nigerian music industry demands more than what the likes of Olu Maintain did. We can call his Yahooze a one hit wonder, can’t we? To survive here, you need a consistent brilliance of recurring hits; what Olamide Baddo would call ‘back to back’.
Revealed in my forthcoming article on artists to watch out for in the coming headies award, Davido and Wizkid stand a chance of winning big. Why? Just because they were able to give us exactly what we want back to back, relentlessly. Jon Ogah of Big Brother Naija I’d say is a handsome young Nigerian with a keen desire for becoming bigger than even the likes of 2baba in the industry. He did excellently well with Uncle Suuru and he is definitely applauded.
His uncle is a prototype of exactly what a Nigerian parent or elder would do. No one really believes in young men aspiring to be stars in music, they believe chasing a dream in entertainment is another way to name laziness. If he had decided to go to school instead, then his uncle’s attitude would have been different. In short, he went through the odds all alone and luck came his way; not every talented lad by the street gets chance to meet their fortune even in a long while. One out of a hundred makes it in such way and he is one testimony.
He did perfect the track with the involvement of the Gold-star himself, Adekunle and also the only female with a strange, funny and at the same time charming and enchanting voice in the industry, Simi. Adekunle ’s verse is bliss from the point he made it known he could sing better than R Kelly just that he didn’t have the opportunity of better instruments to the point where he said he was ready to spread his wings and fly, make do with what he has and tap into the fulfillment of his dreams. Simi, as I’d say almost, fell off or below expectations with the way she channelled herself into the track but where knowledge ends, experience shows its prowess. She blended with the tune and climaxed so beautifully. Believe me, the track is a good reference to preaching the ‘Ariwo ko ni music’ gospel.
Nevertheless, Uncle suuru is not enough reason for Jon to think he has made his way up there and relax. It won’t take long before we forget what it was he sang even though the song holds a better chance at being nominated if not winning several awards. He needs to learn from Davido how he fell on us with ‘ if’ and still went ahead to jam us with ‘fall ’. That’s the exact way to become a star. The song has opened doors for him and now is the time for him to trend masterfully and do the needful before the wave dies down.
A one-way ticket takes you somewhere but never brings you back, unfortunately such is not the case for Jon Ogah’s hit track.
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Micheal Ace is a writer, poet and music lover. He tweets @lordace32