When Omawumi seized the mic in the Idols West Africa Top 6, she mesmerized the crowd with a rendition of Onyeka Onwenu’s “Ekwe.” A new stallion had arrived, and her performance electrified the venue. Despite falling short of victory, anticipation lingered for her potential shift from Law to a full-time music career. A year later, she unleashed her debut single, “In the Music.” By 2009, her inaugural album, “Wonder Woman,” hit the airwaves, securing her the title of Best Vocalist at the Headies.
Since then, Omawumi has gifted us with three more albums and an EP. Now, she returns with her latest musical opus, “More.” In this LP, she skillfully employs her storytelling prowess, weaving narratives from both a bygone era and her recent past. This narrative touch adds a humane quality to the project, injecting a streak of humility into the vibrant pop fragrance. Prepare to be immersed in Omawumi’s musical journey once again with “More.”
Here are five takeaways from “More” LP
KEEPING THE FAITH
In the opening track “Thank God,” Omawumi highlights her personal journey, underscoring the importance of gratitude and the indispensable role of faith. On the other hand, “No Be Play” reassures the listener that they are not navigating challenges in isolation, urging them to confront trials and detractors with the strength found in prayer.
Omawumi unfolds a tale of love left unreciprocated, delving into the yearning for love to be expressed in the right way and the intimidating prospect of moving on. In “More,” Omawumi articulates the simple plea for genuine affection, while “Try” explores the common experience of being in situationships where love remains unnoticed by partners. “Fear” guides us through the journey of overcoming personal fears, stressing the necessity of facing them and embracing change.
YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
“YOLO, Life na one o”
Growing up in Nigeria, when things got tough, my mum’s neighbor would alter a popular phrase that says ‘problem no dey finish, try dey enjoy yourself’, she’d proceed to play music, dance, and order a bottle of malt. The problem didn’t fade away, but her approach changed, she was more positive in the face of uncertainties.
It has been a demanding year for Nigerians, and people all over the world. Omawumi, Cobhams, and Timi Dakolo join forces to encourage the listeners to find moments to celebrate and keep the faith alive.
Teamwork makes the dream work, Omawumi connects the past with the present by enlisting the help of old (Cobhams, Sizzle Pro) and new collaborators (Psycho YP, Timi Dakolo, Yemi Alade) to create a certain sound that we feel and experience throughout the course of the project. Every feature plays an important role in achieving the vision Omawumi had for the album.
Psycho YP’s contribution adds a sophisticated and alluring dimension, Yemi Alade brings a sense of familiarity to delight fans, and the involvement of Timi Dakolo and Cobhams encourages listeners to embrace the present moment.
Employing “Auzubillah” as a tool to confront societal challenges during the 2023 election and past electoral events, Omawumi tackles these issues directly, leaving no room for misinterpretation. The song vividly captures the unfulfilled promises of politicians, shedding light on how each cycle of elections tends to plunge us into more challenging situations.