by Oreoluwa Peters
First of all, thumbs up to Shizzi for the intricate work on the infectious beat. The heavy bass, the violin, the kicks all shout ‘scatter the dance floor.’
Secondly, this is one song that has the trappings of afro-dancehall, afro-pop and afrobeats. If you listen closely to the part when Davido sings “O fa agbada yo, o fa gele yo, o fi ijo si o fe se mo” there is this Fela-esque vibe accompanying those lyrics. The dancehall part comes where O.B.O gives the song this Jamaican spin. Thank God he doesn’t try to form and speak Patois of some sort because that would have just ruined the whole thing.
Thirdly, one thing that has resonated with the Davido brand is the energy he shows, his passion, confidence and boldness. You don’t mess with Davido he will come out at you and he does just that on this song. He throws shots at critics who feel he will soon fade singing “no bagga pull out of the game, we had to do it all over again.” He also asserts that despite his brief hiatus of not releasing a single in almost a year, no one hasn’t been able to dethrone him as the King of hits.
Then he addresses the skepticism behind the universality of his sound which many believe might have delayed the release of new music since signing to Sony. He however says he believes his hardwork and distinct talent will be appreciated across the world. “Man don’t care if you no speak English, boy na tough in a da distinguish.”
On a concluding note, this is not a new Davido but an upgraded version as I clearly stated this is O.B.O 2.0. Expect nothing but greatness from the Son of Mercy EP which comes out on the 21st of October 2016.