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Review: Iyanya – Kukere (TBT)

by on July 18, 2019
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Length

3:45

Plot Synopsis

Iyanya's biggest hit (arguably)

Verses

2

 

SONIC BOOM!

All my ladies
All my ladies
Nse nse decale (oya decale)
D tunes on the beat
Ale, ale ale
All my ladies
All my ladies
Nse nse decale (oya decale)
Kukere kukere kukere
I get money o
Kukere kukere kukere
Oya make we rock o
Sangele sangele sangele
Till the early morning o
Sangele sangele sangele
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Thankful for all he has done
So me I wanna have some fun
Steady rocking to the early morn
Call your friends dem, make dem come
Yes you could see a star was born
I am a Don Corleone
Come get some
I am on the run
Enemies dem fire burn
Who God don bless e
No man can curse e
You say, you say
Ale, ale ale
Kukere kukere kukere
I get money o
Kukere kukere kukere
Oya make we rock o
Sangele sangele sangele
Till the early morning o
Sangele sangele sangele
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
All my ladies
All my ladies
Nse nse decale (oya decale)
All my ladies
All my ladies
Nse nse decale (oya decale)
Today na for jolly e
So shakey ur body
This one na happy day
Oya make we dey rock o
Kukere kukere kukere
I get money o
Kukere kukere kukere
Oya make we rock o
Sangele sangele sangele
Till the early morning o
Sangele sangele sangele
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
All my ladies (na so o)
All my ladies (na so o)
Nse nse decale (oya decale) (na so o)
Etighi
Etighi
Etighi
Etighi
Etighi
Etighi
Who God don bless e
No man can curse e
You say, you say
Ale, ale ale
Kukere kukere kukere
I get money o
Kukere kukere kukere
Oya make we rock o
Sangele sangele sangele
Till the early morning o
Sangele sangele sangele
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye
Oohhh na na na na
Ye ye ye ye ye

Many cannot remember that Iyanya started his music career as an RnB singer as compared to his more mainstream Afropop/Afrobeat style. Shortly after winning the first-ever edition of The West African Project Fame, he released his debut album titled My Story in 2011. The problem was Iyanya was not getting much love and traction. So much talent but little attention, fame and riches. He was going broke; according to him, he and his manager sat and thought of the next thing to do. Boom! He was to rebrand and change is style/genre of music. He released his second album, Desire which was mostly sung with Afropop and Afropop and Afrobeat hybrid. Kukere was the song that ushered in the new era. A song strongly influenced by his hometown in Calabar, this was the song that changed his career and possibly made Iyanya the biggest Nigerian Musician in 2011.

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Positives

A couple of drums reminiscent of the Calabar culture starts the song, then the seamless introduction f Iyanay's vocals, we liked the transition into the song.
It seemed like Iyanya was betting a whole lot on the song the way we see it. He kept on insisting that he was getting money/he had money. We liked the positivity in the sing and the affirmations he was claiming.
Iyanya did not have to flex his vocal prowess too much in the song. His performance was just perfect for the kind of song and we loved it.
Kukere is rich in melody. A criss-cross of Afropop, Afrobeat and even highlife music. It was very pleasant to our ears and we loved every single bit of it.
This dramatic piece creates an intense, rhythmic, driving, angular sound that is quite contemporary even till date.
The song had a freshness of sound, absence of musical clichés, colourful work, use of sonorous pedal-points, the crisp and intense combination of several genres leads to a warm, mellow four-part horn chorale, a tender, expressive melody by the drums.

Negatives

It pains us to talk badly about the lyrics of the song, but it is what it is. Sonic has to stay unbiased. A majority part of the lyrics sucks. No plot development whatsoever and the structure is non-existent.

Editor Rating
 
Lyrics
6.1

 
Vocals
8.3

 
Melody
9.4

 
Originality
8.2

 
Instrmentals/Beats
8.0

Total Score
8.0

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Kukere is arguably Iyanay's biggest song ever and it did become a National anthem of some sort.

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