ChisosMusic Critique: My Wahala with Nigerian Gospel Music Videos plus 3 Video Critiques

Hallo Hallo Hallo ooooooo,

So we are talking about music videos today which were not part of the plan when we set out to create this platform but please permit us to run an exception for this one ( and maybe more in the future 😀 )

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Ok, that done, let’s have an understanding here. GREAT music videos cost a lot.

Yea, I mean a whole lot. And the gospel music terrain seems not to be ready to bear such cost, no thanks to the challenge of lack of investors in the industry. Well, can you blame investors? Fear of not getting returns on  investment is higher with gospel music.  Yeah yeah, I know Blow my mind by Henri Soul blew everyone’s minds and has become international but sit his management down to confirm how much Clarence Peters collected for that world class video. Same thing with Yabo by Solomon Lange.

BUT…
You can also have a great music video on a low budget. Ask GAISE with “Movie Song” music video. That video had several nominations and awards.

GAISE can confirm that the good reviews he has received so far from AWA O TUSH is not comparable to that of MOVIE SONG
All you need is CONCEPT. A supercalifrajalisticespialidotious concept. A video someone wants to watch over and over again despite the “not so ghen ghen” visuals. Permit me to also use this example by Olamide “Eni Duro”. Low budget but “madt” concepts.

So here’s what I think about our videos in recent times. NB: I COULD BE WRONG!

I’m tired of seeing over-populated cameo appearances in gospel music videos in fact; it seems to be a Nigerian thing though. Gathering fellow singers to sing and dance with you in your music video, is it for endorsement? What relevance is it? Does it make your video more appealing and real to the viewing audience? Is it that people would take you serious if they see the kinda peeps you supposedly “hang out” with in your videos? I really can’t say. For instance, I sensed AWA O TUSH video by GAISE would parade a particular group of artistes, a sort of clique if you ask me and VOILA! They were all there.

The one that annoys me more is where you gather NOLLYWOOD stars in your MUSIC video, not even to act but stand beside you singing and shaking body (note that I didn’t say dancing) Warriisssddaatt???. If you really want them in your video, create a believable story around your song and let them do what they know how to do best; ACT.
Err… tHis is just an aside- Let’s also chill with the club scenes in our videos. They look cool but c’mon…clubs for songs to bring God honour and reverence, what is in your glasses? Communion wine?

 

Ok, let’s run a random critique of 3 popular gospel music videos recently released.

 

Orin Tuntun by Psalmos was below expectations for me considering my intense love for that song. The video has cool pictures though. But what’s with the dancing while SITTING in a groovy song? Maybe I’m not seeing something…just maybe. I expected more choreography from the dance dudes. I also feel the beggar and giving people money scenes were an afterthought, maybe wasn’t in the original script. And finally, massive cameo appearances…MASSIVE! #NuffSaid

Next, Morire video by Mike Abdul. Is Monique the wife of a G.O? No disrespect. I need clarification please. That hat though! Listening to the energy in her voice on the track you would expect her to match the fiery performance of Mr. Abdul. But she came in a holy worshipper demeanor which made her seem passive in the video. Apart from that and the multitude cameo appearances, I LOVE THE VIDEO. Abdul nailed it

What is the matter by TIV is what it is, A DANCE VIDEO. Akin Alabi is regarded as a prolific music video director and the artiste behind TIV so you would expect that his own music video would be on point. My opinion; Low budget and Nice concept, all you would expect from a tecno/house music video. That yellow hooded-Jacket though. Maybe I have poor taste in yellow hooded jackets…just maybe!

Remember, this is just MY OWN OPINION. God’s opinion about your work is what’s more important. And then again, I might just be an angel sent to tell you his opinion. #JustSaying.

Please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks.

CM

 

 

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ChisosMusic Critique – Why You Love me by Nosa

Nosa is simply an amazing singer.

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His vocal dexterity is..err…permit me to use the word “enviable”. Every song performed by the “Always Pray for You” maestro were delivered with simplicity yet  sound professionalism. No “wash”! I’m only trying to capture my love for this great man’s gift in the best possible adjective I can think of cos he does deserve it.

Now with that said, let’s get down to the song at hand, “Why you love me”.

This is contemporary high-life at its best.

The beat and instrumentals are just right. The lyrics, though in his signature pidgin english delivery are intelligent, well planned and thought of, not some mumbo jumbo and burukete burukete burukete (where did that come from?) which features in most of our songs nowadays, even our very own gospel music.

Ok, now my grouse with the song is that the name “Jesus” or “God” was not mentioned in the full song which is supposedly about God’s love. See, I could as well insert “Rihanna, why you love me” or “Buddha, why you love me” without stress and it’ll still pass. So the question would be Why WHO love me?

Was that on purpose? So as to be relevant in both the secular and gospel sphere?

But seriously, do we need to remove Jesus or God from songs to be relevant?

Can we preach a message without The Message?

Oh well, someone would argue that its “Inspirational Music“. Please spare me the worldly jargon which. That is just an excuse that most gospel artistes use so as to have a bite in the secular market share  .

The message of Jesus is the life transforming GOSPEL and not an INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE.

Peeps might say, he’s not just a gospel musician na. And i’m like o……………………..k.

AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION. Don’t mind me o.

Overall, the song is a plus for me. Love it. Now your turn, what do you think?

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GOSPEL JAMZ – Who’s Really Grooving?

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Hey guys,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit. I was a bit distracted for a while. But a certain angel came to beat me back on track. Glory to God!!

Did you miss me? Or are you part of the lot that wished I was kidnapped and exchanged for gala at Cotonou? LOL

Whatever the case may be… I’m back now.  Hahaha *Self Ovation*

Gosh! A whole lot of songs have been released recently. Great gospel tunes as well as Akamu …err…Akamu… things (can’t bring myself to call them songs). Some of them deserve critique while most are just plain ridiculous and not worth my time to write less you reading them. However, I’ll do my best to see what I can review.

A question’s always bugging my mind. And it’s a question I want to pose to y’all gospel artistes

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVE FOR DOING GOSPEL?

Are you here for the money, the fame…The glitz and the glamour…The paparazzi…the adoring fans?

If that’s the case, then the object of your passion is material and like all material things, they wear and tear and fizzle out into obscurity and no one remembers them anymore cos a new “product” has taken over. Who remembers Trium phones? Anybody? Ah! Never mind *checks incoming ping*

Think about the gospel artistes that have stood the test of time. Whose songs are still relevant today and are still sung in our various worship services.

One thing is constant…

GOD IS THE CENTRE OF THEIR PASSION.

gloryYou see, God is the only constant, never-changing and ever relevant “product” that has been before eternity and will continue to be even after eternity fades away. If you choose to make him the centre and pillar of your chosen career, you will ultimately be relevant even after you leave this earth. God takes ownership of your songs cos they are about and for him and he uses it for generations to come. Isn’t that even a cooler way to make the money?

Instead you write your songs to the taste of the CREATED rather than the CREATOR. You want to please the people who “would buy your cd” rather than the one who is able to cause you to profit and bring wealth into your house. And the annoying thing is that these people are only waiting to download your content for free without paying a dime.

What’s your call? Choose to focus on our God in all his simplicity and beauty and he will indeed “bless your bread and your water” (Exodus 23:25+) or the people whose loyalty changes with the wind.

So tell me, who’s really grooving your gbedu? JESUS or THE PEOPLE?

Bless.

CM