Vanguard entertainment reporters, in this unusual edition pass their judgments on the debut effort of an upcoming musical act, Jolomi Amuka, known as Anonymous.
The guy who performed in the Wakka the musical says he has created a new genre of music called black rock. To have a feel of his black rock we dissect his first major effort, a collaboration with another act, Stallion and pass our comments. You can make yours too on our website:
Anonymous’ vocal depth brings home memories of great Louis Armstrong — Ayo Onikoyi
Very little is known about Jolomi Amuka, an upcoming music act who goes by the name Anonymous, but the US-bred Nigerian artiste says he is a genuine article and may just be what the doctor ordered to salvage a bit of orderliness in the crass disorderliness ravaging the music industry.
Unlike many of his peers jumping on the bandwagon of prevailing genre of music rocking the country, Anonymous has dared to be different by creating his own genre of music which he calls black rock. According to the young lad, he came up with his own genre by evoking the spirit of Fela, combining it with the power of Lagbaja and serving it ever hot with the flavour of Jimi Hendirx.
Rather adventurous, some may want to say, but Anonymous has proven his mettle in a single ‘Kosowo Lapo’, a song in which he collaborated with another upcoming artiste, Stallion.
But what elements of these great music legends has this maverick of a character concocted together to evolve his own genre of music?
Late Fela Kuti played afrobeat, which is a complex fusion of jazz, funk, Ghanaian/Nigerian highlife, psychedelic rock and traditional West African chants and rhythms, says Wikipaedia. For Lagbaja, his music is a product of various influences ranging from traditional Yoruba music to Jazz.Often the music is purely instrumental- an interplay between traditional Yoruba percussion, drums, chants, western instruments, and especially the saxophone. Late Jimi Hendrix on his part, was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was inspired musically by American rock and roll and electric blues.
However, Jolomi Amuka is claiming to have infused the elements of these great stars into one sound and rhythm he has aptly described as black rock. Judge him or not, the taste of a pudding is always in the eating.
Anonymous and Stallion’s — Kosowo Lapo
Like a gust of fresh summer wind, Anonymous and Stallion’s Kosowo Lapo is a breathe of fresh air from other follow-follow songs that have besieged our airwaves. The song begins with a recital followed by an accompaniment of horn ( saxophone and trumpet) that brings nostalgia of Fela and Lagbaja. After the powerful interjection of the horn, the bridge chimes in, Fela version ‘ Jedi for breakfast, Origin for dinner’. As the song progresses, there is a seamless fusion of jazz, rock, and highlife undertones which underscores the new genre this young chap is trying to sell to us.
However, one may detect a disjointed pattern in the flow of lyrics but that is rapidly swallowed up by Anonymous’ raspy voice which bullies its way through with its vocal depth. It brings home memories of great Louis Armstrong.
The song brings back the Afrobeat melodies synonymous to Fela Kuti – Kehinde Ajose
Nigeria is a country where people love to dance. This dance is a function of the pulsating beats and the groovy melodies of Afrobeat that has metamorphosed into what is being called Afropop. Anonymous,a young Nigerian artiste is passionate about Afrobeat and recently releases a new song titled Kosowo lapo.
Kosowo lapo is a mid tempo bouncy Afrobeat song which starts off with a catchy horns line and pulsating bass melody. The producer chiseled a great production out of the song. You can’t but move to the beat. He comes correct with his raspy captivating voice chanting Kosowo lapo. The message of the song will resonate with the present economic hardship Nigeria is currently besieged with. Anonymous scores low when it comes to his lyrical ability. He struggles with flowing with the right words that should have resonated with the theme of the song.
He knew what he wanted to sing about but zoomed off entirely into another lane. The song thrives on its melodious instrumentals than excellent lyrics.
The song brings back the Afrobeat melodies synonymous to Fela Kuti.
Kosowo lapo’ is a blend of Afrobeat, Afrorock and Afropop – Tofarati Ige
Jolomi Amuka aka Annonymous is a very energetic and perspicuous young man. The unbridled passion that runs through him at all times can also be felt in his first major musical effort, ‘Kosowo lapo.’
The song, which features Stallion, begins with a voice telling listeners what inspired it, and also enjoins the listeners to respect and be loyal to the music. This in itself is reminiscent of Fela’s style who often passes messages before the song starts.
‘Kosowo lapo’ talks about a dude whose girlfriend is pregnant, and she is determined to have the baby. Meanwhile, the dude in question has no money in his pocket.
In his verse, Stallion also harps on the lack of money despite his relentless hustle.
‘Kosowo lapo’ is a blend of Afrobeat, Afrorock and Afropop. It is different from the usual dancehall we are bombarded with these days.
Anonymous’ raspy voice also adds a distinct flavour to the song. According to him, some of his musical influences are Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and Jimi Hendrix; this can be gleaned in ‘Kosowo lapo’ as elements of both legends’ styles of music is in the song.
The guitar, saxophone and instruments, coupled with the bass line will leave the listener no choice but to dance.
However, Anonymous and Stallion also fell in the same trap with a lot of artistes; the message in the song is not consistent. What the verses talk about are different from each other, and the chorus is also not in sync with the rest of the song. The mixing and mastering of the song is also not up to par; more work needs to be done on it.
Considering that it’s Jolomi’s first single though, I’ll give him a pass mark for this song.
The instrumentals, lyrics and his style of musical delivery seems alien but great – Rotimi Agbana
In the past few years, a number of new artistes broke into the Nigerian music scene with different music brands, putting their senior colleagues in the industry on their toes. Jolomi Amuka, with stage name ‘anonymous’ is yet another new artiste, set to break into the Nigerian music industry with a genre of music he claims to be exclusive to him. The 29 years old artiste who returned to the country recently, claims that he created his genre of music called ‘Black Rock’, making it exclusively his.
After listening to one of his unreleased single titled kosowo lapo, it would be discovered that the budding artiste’s music is a fusion of rock, afro-beat and afro-pop. The instrumentals, lyrics and his style of musical delivery seems alien to what has been obtainable in Nigerian music, though he borrows snippets of Fela and Lagbaja’s music, fine-tuning them into his own brand to create a distinct and new genre of Nigerian music. The energetic singer who is equally multi-talented poet, producer and actor- is ready to take music lovers on a bumpy but serenading ride with his music.
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