Tag Archives: Music

Nana Boro – Nsem Pii

6 Mar

Nana Boro the artist behind one of 2010’s biggest hip life joints is back with another party track. Admittedly he had a tough act to follow with ‘Aha Ye De’ and he’s chosen to go for a slightly different feel with this one.

‘Nsem Pii’ seems to sample the same syth melody from Edward Maya’s 2009 hit ‘Stereo Love’. The synth is a lot higher but the melody is exactly the same, though the beat that kicks in is distinctly afrobeats. It makes for a very interesting mix that fits together surprisingly well, providing a great backdrop for Nana Boro’s auto tuned musings in both French and Twi.

The track is one to move to, and while it was quite an ambitious idea to mix hip life and western dance music on one track it doesn’t really seem to live up to the vibes of Aha Ye De, but then again it could be a grower!

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Estelle ‘Oliver Twist’

8 Feb

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so the fact that Estelle has jumped on D’Banj’s ‘Oliver Twist’ beat confirms what we all knew; afrobeats is taking over!!!

It is a massive deal to have an artist so successful supporting the afrobeats movement and aside from that she is also representing for the ladies on this one. She keeps the lyrical content of the track the same as D’Banj in the sense that she calls out the names of hot men and says why she likes them. She sings in an African accent and uses pidgin English which is definitely unexpected. However it must be said that her accent isn’t always consistent, though overall the track maintains the same light hearted feel that makes the original such a banger, especially because the chorus has not been altered at all.

Nevertheless the track has received a lukewarm response and to be honest I can’t say I’m surprised. This is not a criticism of Estelle, but the fact is that Oliver Twist has been absolutely HUGE and she’s remixed it so soon. People never take kindly to change of any kind and the fact that the track she’s remixing is still pretty fresh means that this was always going to be the case.

Say what you will about her remix it has to be admitted that the actual substance of the track was not changed significantly at all. Depending on your personal view of what a remix should be that could be seen as a positive or a negative, but I will say that some of the comments about how bad this track is seem slightly exaggerated. Here’s an example taken from youtube

“*blink blink* #straight face# but why? abeg abeg estelle na so u just use 4mins 8seconds 2 kill one of the best afro beats of 2011. Kai !!!”

Would you agree?

Team GLR (AO, Freeman, V. Bling ft. Slim Flex) ‘Meni Wo Be Wu’

30 Jan

‘Meni Wo Be Wu’ which translates as ‘I’ll Die With You’ is the first single from Team GLR who will be releasing their ‘3ple Threat’ EP in the course of the year.

It is a solid upbeat afrobeats track which is hugely synth driven. The hook is ridiculously catchy repeating the line ‘Meni Wo Be Wu’ over and over. The rythmic mumblings in the back ground; make it feel very similar to 5five’s massive hit ‘Muje Baya’.

All four artists hold their own with their distinctive flows and styles, meaning each verse sounds different yet it all fits together well to make what I’m sure will be the soundtrack to many azonto routines.

This is definitely one for the die hard afrobeats fans!

Nadjat ft Stay Jay ‘ Belle Belle’

24 Jan

New afrobeats tune alert!

Well in all honesty its not that new. The audio surfaced on the internet some months back, but the official video only came out on Sunday.

Nadjat’s ‘Belle Belle’ which features Stay Jay is the first single from Nadjat, Undaone Entertainment’s first lady. The track is very synth – driven with a simple string like synth and her three word chorus ‘See….Belle Belle’. It is all very simple but works. It is difficult to sit still to this, it is definitely one to get you up shaking a leg.

Initially I thought the track seemed to have a good message, she’s talking about how classy she is and how she won’t fall for men’s tricks, but then watching the video and seeing certain risque scenes that don’t really seem to fit in with that tone I guess my initial thoughts were wrong. The tune does have some good comical lines in it, regardless of the seeimingly mixed messages. Stay Jay’s rap comes at the right time for if it wasn’t there the track would be a bit too much of the same.

Nadjat comes with attitude and energy on this one, there’s no denying that. Starting with a collaboration with Stay Jay who was behind ‘Shashee Wowo’ one of last years  most played afrobeats hits, is clearly a good move. It will be interesting to see what she comes with next and for that matter whether her and Tiffany become allies or enemies. The similarity between them is clear but will they embrace each other or start cat fighting like so many other female artists with similar styles do. I guess only time will tell.