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Enoch Oyedibu

Interestingly, Starboy recently quenched the fiery yearnings of fans with a single to preferably sustain them for the year.

 

The single titled Bad To Me has however received both lots of criticism and awe following its release.

 

The rate of the criticisms makes one wonder if the music is really bad or if the intelligence blended into the music was what was affecting the illiteracy of the critics.

 

According to Rolling stone, the Made In Lagos and Grammy-nominated fourth album Afrobeats crooner could make you forget the slick singer is good for getting the party started with intense, uptempo songs.

Wizkid

Moreover, while most of Made in Lagos is made for slow whines and cooling out, Wizkid’s got dance floor fire like “Caro,” “African Bad Gyal,” and “Pakurumo,” which proves his versatility. His debut, 2011’s Superstar, is energetic, electronic fare with an African edge, likely a product of EDM’s influence on that era.

 

On his first offering of 2022 as the lead artist, Wizkid inches out of the sweet and sensual pocket he’s found himself in of late and tries his hand at the dance sound that is starting to define these times in African music: Amapiano.


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Produced by P2J (Made in Lagos’ executive producer and many stars’ go-to beat-maker for Afro-excellence), “Bad to Me” begins with a twangy Pharrell-Esque four-count before breaking out in electrifying percussion, all shekere and deep drums. Bright keys give the track some romance as Wizkid slides in with his first verse, celebrating yet another bad gyal and her dizzying figure: “This kind of body don dey cause a migraine,” he goes. As Wizzy longs, a sticky log drum pattern patterns, and it’s clear that the Amapiano bug has bitten him, too.

 

 

“Bad to Me” is instantly arresting, combining the soft aesthetic Wizkid has curated over the past couple of years with this club-centred moment. From the log drum to the echo of the call-and-response outro (à la Asake or “Finesse”), it’s clear the Starboy team has been tapped into the moves global music is making. Plenty of Afrobeats artists have been delving into Amapiano, too, but today, the release of “Bad to Me” has ignited an online conversation on the origins of the South African style’s influence in Nigerian music.

 

 

When a Davido superfan tried to discredit Wizkid’s efforts as the product of Davido’s forays into Amapiano (like the remix of “Ke Star,” “Champion Sound,” and “Watawi” with South African star Focalistic), DJ Maphorisa, a key figure in the genre, reminded them of his work with Wizkid and Burna Boy with Kabza De Small on “Sponono,” which was released more than two years ago. Since Maphorisa’s comments, others have tried to stake a claim for themselves and their favourite Nigerian artists’ work with Amapiano elements. Yet Maphorisa’s response to the Davido fan seemed to encourage a fuller understanding of the hybrids rather than expressing proprietorship over them. “No one owns amapiano anyone can do it n win,” he wrote.

 

Worthy of note, some of the comments extracted on Twitter show that the music received mixed positive and negative reactions that make musicologists observe if the music was really bad.

 

According to Mr Frank, “it is normal for what you do not to be accepted by all but, those who discredit the music are rather illiterate of music, Amapiano and afrobeat than anything else.

 

“The music has the element of soul, rhythm and blues, Afrobeat and Amapiano—which was the dominant genre in it intelligently blended for the soothing of heart.

 

“Except hatred, nothing should sponsor anyone to say the music is bad.”


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