Another Friday is here and here’s this week’s Old School track.
Originally performed sometime in the 50s, this highlife song tells in an interesting and funny manner, a story of man who’s fed up of a philandering woman and who no longer cares what she does! I really love the instrumentation as well.
It’s time for another old school track! Let’s go down to the east and have a feel of Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s ‘Osondi Owendi! This track dates all the way back to early 80s.
This song places a lot of emphasis on instrumentation (as most old school highlife songs do). I especially love how it has a ‘spoken word-like’ beginning. I learnt the phrase ‘Osondi Owendi’ means ‘What is cherished by some is despised by some’. Quite profound!
TGIF!!! I’m always so excited when I see the weekend and even more excited to share the week’s Old School track.
So today’s track is ‘Omo pupa’ by Dr. Victor Olaiya which dates back to sometime in the early 80s.
If you’re Yoruba (and you understand the language), then you already know that ‘Omo Pupa’ means fair skinned girl. The song tells a love story about a man in love with a fair skinned girl and who is about to travel to London; but hopes to be able to send her money to join him in London once he settles. I think the older generation of African men were romantic sha!
Short song, straight to the point, the use of the trumpet and percussion is impeccable and this song is evergreen.
And you thought we were going to forget the #OldSchoolFriday again this week… No way! I’m so sorry I couldn’t bring you a track last week.
So like two Fridays ago, I was at the Afropolitan Vibes concert (the IG followers already know this!. Anyway when Adebantu announced a surprise act was coming up, I couldn’t have guessed! Oi! oi! i almost choked while screaming when he called the name Majek Fashek! The performance was electrifying. People screamed like crazy (the man still get am for body). He is doing very very well, and performed some of his evergreen tracks. I also ran into him like two days ago an he was a perfect gentleman! Anyway, I was motivated by all these; to make his ‘Send down the Rain’ our #OldSchoolFriday track for this week.
So this is a new segment to the blog #OldSchoolFriday. This is a segment where we share with you an awesome tune from ‘back in the day’ that we love..
This week, we are throwing back to the early 70s during which time I wasn’t even born. This song called ‘James Brown Ride On’ was done in honour of James Brown during his visit/tour to Nigeria by the great Orlando Julius and his Afro Sounders.
This track from epic saxophone player and Afro Soul legend (and his afro sounders) remains beautiful and relevant.
Enjoy the great highlife/afrosoul/afrobeat sound below!