Rara by Tekno: because every solid musician needs a community-conscious song [WATCH VIDEO]

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Rara by Tekno is out, and as soon as I heard the title, I thought this might be like Kiss Daniel’s Laye, but no such luck. Instead, this is one of those things that all Nigerian artistes seem to to in their bid to be taken seriously. They have a Fela moment and put out a single that addresses the ills of the Nigerian society. Shortly after, there will be a song that sounds like a praise or testimony something. Fada Fada by Phyno; Osinachi by Humblesmith; Testimony by PSquare. They’re all at it.

As box ticking exercises go, this one isn’t bad at all. The Afrobeat base and percussion is thumping; the lyrics are fab. Tekno is doing his drunken monkey dance; all is well with the world.

As always, in every song, there are lyrics that stand out to me. In this one:

I go Obodo Oyinbo; I go dey hurry to come back.
And when I come back, I go dey hurry to go back.
I no get charge o, my phone don die
No fuel for generator, everyday situation.

He ain’t never lied. Na everyday situation true true. Nigerians are sick, but we ain’t tired. Because the politicians are not listening to these songs and effecting change. Heck, play it, they’ll dance all night! And then they will return to their gated communities and you will return to your slum and your I-Better-Pass-My-Neighbour.

Because…Nigeria.

Anyway, Rara by Tekno. Please tell us what you think. I think it’s a decent effort by the smallie with the big cassava.

 

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