ARTIST : SIMI
ALBUM : SIMISOLA
DURATION : 54 Minutes
LABEL : X3M MUSIC
RELEASE DATE : SEPTEMBER, 2017
Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye professionally known as Simi, is no stranger in the contemporary Nigerian music scene. She won the heart of music lovers through her joint EP with Falz, Chemistry, release in 2016.
She just released her latest and eponymous album titled Simisola, on 8th September 2017, same day as Ghanian international rapper, Sarkodie’s fifth album, Highest,Â was released. I must say that September started on very productive note for African music.
Simisola is considered as her debut album under X3M Music, the record label managing her at the moment, which is also home to the prolific vocalist, Praiz.
Well, Simi appears to be aware of this. The decision to feature only Adekunle Gold indicates her desire to be assessed as an individual artiste in this 12 track, soulful album.Â And did she succeed?Â Yes! With this album she has proven to be original talent. In fact, we may say we find slight semblance of Kiss Danielâ€™s New Era here, only that in Kiss Danielâ€™s case, management contract forbids him from collaborating at all.
Weeks before the release of this highly anticipated album, the single,Â Joromi, dropped. It was immediately well received majorlyÂ for itsÂ creative contemporary appropriation of Sir. Victor Uwaifo’s classic by the same title. This became the first peep into the potentials of the album. Sort of like an appetizer.
Apart from her collaboration with Falz, Simi is famous for her obsession with the theme of love. Right from singles â€˜Love Donâ€™t Care’ To â€˜Jamb Question’ and in the â€˜Chemistry’ EP, love has always dominated her works. However, what sets Simi apart is the treatment of the theme of love using situations. She makes them dramatic. And this is packed with conflicts and eventual resolutions either via auditory or visual expressions.
The track-listing of Simisola was not plotted to be linear. Here is what I did. I attempted to simplify the complexity. And here is the result.
The persona in Joromi plays role reversal by wooing her man instead of the other way round. So she takes a shot. Luckily,Â she gets him.
But getting him is not the end of the matter, Now she has to try and keep him to herself as presented in the song â€˜Smile For Me.â€™ In this song where the verses flows smoothly into the chorus and out, the persona, helplessly in lover, indulges her lover’s excesses which include: â€˜lie to me if the truth will break my heart oo.â€™ The lover will take the advice and begins to misbehave. Emotional damages begin to happen.
In Angelina, the persona, tired of her lover’s excesses, especially that of infidelity, is willing to let go of him and move with her life. She canâ€™t take it no more. Her lover has turnedÂ Casanova. First, he starts saving the contacts of his many concubines with pseudonyms,Â such asÂ â€˜Panel Beater’, when in factÂ she knowsÂ it must be â€˜Carolina.â€™ And to think of how the two words two words worked perfectly as rhymes. There is distrust, as uncertainties assailed the duo’s love affair.
But in Gone for Good, the offending male lover comes calling. Without an oitaÂ of remorseÂ for his infidelity, he wants her to take him back just like. But she remains adamant. And she questions, â€˜why did you come back?â€™ in a voice full of longing and disappointment. Sadly, the male leaves the persona depressed without a reply.
Just then, events take a different dimension. For the first time, what has been the persona’s long monologue with herself turns into a dialogue in the song Take Me Back, featuring the Pick Up singer, Adekunle Gold. At this point, the one begins to wonder whether this is autobiographic especially with rumor flying around that the singer is dating Adekunle Gold. The song starts by recapturing Rihana’s tune in opening tune in â€˜Rehabâ€™, probably to catch our attention, but it changes almost as soon as it statrted. Here, the persona practically begs her lover to stay with her. â€˜Donâ€™t leave me,â€¦.take me back?â€™ she pleads.
The offending lover in reply says ; Se mi n be o ni ogun ife ( the tendency for one partner toÂ err and the other to forgive keeps the love affair going), but shouldnâ€™t there be a kind of owning up to ones fault? At this point, the persona craves for her loverâ€™s affection and does not care whether her offending party apologizes orÂ not, she is just dying to have him back. Maybe love is blind.
If you think all Simi can sonorously sing about is love and nothing more, you are wrong. She is also aware of her environment and she demonstrates this in the groovy song O wan Nbe. This songs satirises the hedonism of lagos life. Anyone who stays in Lagos is familiar with this culture of Owanbe parties, a lavish high class party, ( please google it). Funny things is, while this song maintains a subtly critical view of this life style, it lures you into thinking that it is alright even as you unknown groove to it.
Hip Hop Hurray isÂ also a song you can vibe to.
Although Simi’ s lyricism is not all poetic, but it is awesome. Her understanding of how rhymes work makes this project penetrating and soothing, while it maintains quality content. When next you list serious singers in Nigeria, you better add her name as she has the credentials: Simisola, the album!
Go buy her album on major music distribution platform, you will be glad you did.
Review byÂ ByÂ Chukwudi Iroko
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