Chisosmusic Critique: Without You by Okey Sokay

 

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Okey Sokey has yet again confirmed that he sure knows his onions and didn’t come into this Gospel Music industry to break melon or fry puff puff.

When this amiable singer, songwriter and producer initially posted the snippet to the song “Without You”, I wasn’t sure if it was gospel. You too, see the opening lyrics na…

From the first day I met my lover
I knew my life had changed forever
You and I Together
Was the best decision ever

I was like, hmmmm… Okey’s babe has put something inside his ice cream when he went to the gents at the Galleria… LoL

But when the song was finally released online (Downloaded mine on Praizhouse), I was like “WOW”

The summary of the song is encapsulated in the chorus…

“I just can’t live without you”

“Without You” is a LOVE SONG. A love song to God. Its also a total declaration of our dependence and commitment to Yahweh; how fickle and weak we are without Him, our Source.

Recorded in a mid-tempo ballad, Okey Sokay still retained a level of “Africaness” as the percussion sounded “Konga-ish”. Not noisy just soothing.

However, I felt that the “Chioma” part at the end of the song was unnecessary though. This is one song that would break language barriers and including a native language could create that barrier.

As usual, just my opinion.

But all the same, the song is a double thumbs up (plus big toes) for me.

Now, please vote for the song and tell me what you think.

Thanks
#CN

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ChisosMusic Critique: Baba Ni Baba by Eben

You know that feeling when you love and hate something at the same time? I have that feeling for chocolate. Weird right?
That’s the same thing I feel about this song.

EBEN-JUSTIFIED

I suspect that my bias/ love for this song is because of that naïve thought that Eben can do no wrong in music.
But with this song,… *sigh*.

I kinda get the whole point of recording a dancehall and “groovement” jam for christians to have a nice time as a sorta replacement for the crappy songs secular artistes churn out daily which are themed around money, alcohol and sex.
Eben and quite a lot of gospel artistes have led the crusade to do us all a favour.

However, are they doing a good job?

I chose this song cos in my own opinion it has a better production compared to similar genre in his recently released “Justified” album (Wonderful job- grab ya copy noooooow!).
The hook/chorus is cool.

But my wahala are the verses. I won’t elaborate on the issues cos remember this article is supposed to be short. So I’ll keep it simple and straight.

The verses are a combo of catch phrases from several songs both gospel and secular.
There was a generous chant of dbanj’s ‘Ooooshe’ in verse 2, this I have no issue with but my grouse was a part of what I think is the bridge (or maybe not), a xerox of May D’s “Ile ijo” chorus…

“As a good boy, I go dey yin baba, yin baba, yin baba, yin baba. As a good girl, I go dey yin baba, yin baba, yin baba, yin baba”

You’re shocked abi? I thought so too.

What most of you gospel artistes don’t get about using hooks from secular acts is that their songs(secular) which always have more airplay than gospel songs would override your copy when a listener is grooving your track. I still can’t get “ile-ijo” off my mind when listening to that bit.

I believe that a job is the self-portrait of the doer.  Eben is better than this…
Every song in your album must be a hit. You must not do anything shabby just to make sure your track listing cross 12 na.
If you already have 7 great songs…voila, you have an album.

Baba ni baba is a great idea… Sweet melody and you can’t help but dance.

On a final note, our Gospel is more about words. Thus our lyrics is the koko (wink). We must always have this at the back of our minds, WE PRAISE GOD FOR HIS PLEASURE NOT NECESSARILY OURS.

So, lemme drop my pen here and let you rate the song yourself.

DOWNLOAD BABA NI BABA

REMEMBER: This is just my opinion, I could be wrong. GRACE supersede all

ChisosMusic Critique : Awao Tush by @GaiseBaba

So my debut critique would be Gaise’s “AWA O TUSH” (Still don’t get what that means anyway)

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This song has my thumbs up. (Applause). But let’s talk about it a bit. You can’t listen to this song and not move your body. If your body doesn’t move, that could as well be a symptom of stroke… LOL It was recorded in the up-tempo beat that characterizes the usual party/dance hall jam that’s sweeping the music industry in Nigeria (at least for now). The genre of the song, I hear is called AfroFusion (ain’t they all). Gaise rapped and sang in Yoruba and blended small English in it being his signature pattern. The verses are so on point. What I don’t get in the song is simply the relationship between the hook/chorus and the verse. The verses talk about a sweet relationship with God but in the bid to get a rhyme, you say.. Anywhere we go, E no matter the flow… I hope say you know… (((ECHO))) AWA O TUSH O!!! What did that say to you? *crickets* I guess he realized that and said in the verse 2 that “don’t get it twisted, “its still a heavenly something” I LOVE THE SONG. Listen and DOWNLOAD Awaotush So, let’s rate the song together and please include a comment on the song or the blog post.

Remember, its just my opinion, I could be wrong you know.

HEY MUSICIAN, WE WANT BETTER GOSPEL SONGS.

Hi,

It has been my desire for a very long time to start up a  strictly gospel music critique + review blog!.

Yup! A very looooooooooooooooooooooong time. And I give glory to God for its birth. So here goes…

In Nigeria, almost on per second billing, a new gospel song is recorded and released to the general public to be a blessing to the body of Christ (at least i hope so!). Different christian songs of different genres laden with strong and sometimes ridiculous lyrics are published daily to boost of the Gospel music industry in Nigeria and the kingdom of God (not so sure of the latter for some songs tho).

I am an ardent fan of gospel music in Nigeria. A devout christian and worshiper. I love music a lot and I have heard all sorts; gospel and secular and I have developed a little knowledge of the industry being a keen watcher.

Our Heavenly Father is a God of order. He believes in excellence no matter the costs. He fights concepts like disorder, average, marginal, smallness, haphazard etc. Poor is even unthinkable. It therefore breaks my heart when artistes, who are supposed to be bearers of God’s banner churn out average even poor rating songs. Many try to copy secular songs forgetting the very essence of their calling/career and ministry.

JESUS and his Kingdom.

I’ve always wanted to shout but I keep quiet so as not to mess with people’s emotions but its getting out of hand.

BUT NO MORE!!! THIS IS SPARTA!!!

This-is-Sparta

I’m not much of a writer, please pardon me but this is how we are going to roll.

We will put up the song for listening and then critique it as objectively as possible. Everything is still my Opinion though.

We would also give the fans the opportunity to rate the song via a poll. It would be cool.

Guest reviews are also welcome.

Send your review to chisosmusic@gmail.com.

We would review and maybe publish.

WE WANT BETTER GOSPEL SONGS, JESUS DESERVES BETTER.

CM