Afro fusion star Oxlade
Oxlade’s ‘OXYGENE’ Is A Communal Victory And Marks The Emergence Of A Music Star
“Mamiwota” was central to Bad Boy Blaq, the debut album of rapper Blaqbonez. Dazzling with sonic pleasures like the jazzy Alpha Ojini horn, the song’s evocative power ensured it was one of the true breakthrough songs of its time. A demonstration of the fluidity of today’s rap music, Mamiwota was saw Blaqbonez and Oxlade complement each other, with the singer’s contribution making the song one of the more enjoyable rap songs in recent times. Cos I don fall in love with mamiwota was something the enamored youth would say, with as much grace as he could muster.
Today, as youth culture attains prevalence in popular culture, some of the best creatives are young people. In the music scene, for the first time in a longest while, we are seeing these baby faced artistes slug it out with established entertainers, and taking ownership of the narrative by making art that stays true to their influences.
With a dreamy voice reminiscent of prominent R&B and Soul acts, Oxlade quickly leveraged the spirit of the age, appropriating said voice to telling personal stories of humble beginnings and tall aspirations. “Sing,” a duet with Fireboy DML was minimalist, held by a solo guitar, as both artiste friends relied on the strength of their message. “Wetin come be this one? / Who dey follow you do competition?” was so apt in its philosophy that it scored a celebrity fan in Davido. Oxlade, by then, had been building underground followership with well-received singles like “Questionnaire” and “Shugar,” the latter featuring a sound Oxlade would be known for: vibrant yet soulful, and often evoked by the magic fingers of Spax, who’s worked extensively with the budding artiste.
The recluse producer, with deliberate creative pulses, has shaped the sound of rap duo Show Dem Camp, entirely producing their last three projects, across the fourth installment of the cult classic series Clone Wars, and the two latest volumes off Palmwine Music, a cash grab for SDC who’ve found a loyal community for the eclectic production and the romantic leanings of the songs which make the series. Rather unsurprisingly, the consumers of that sound aren’t so different from Oxlade’s. The brag “My followers no be one million, but my fan base e strong gidi gan” was a wink in that direction.
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Source:: Not Just Ok