Ever since placing second in the first edition of MTN Project Fame, Omawumi has been a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music industry. However, it really pains me to say that she doesn’t get the credit her awesomeness deserves because Omawumi’s numbers (streaming, gigs, and sponsorships) should be way higher than they are, considering the fact that she is one of the few musicians that has actually tried shaping, defining and redefining the industry with her music over the years.
And if you don’t believe me, then the six Omawumi songs below that redefined the music industry will surely change your mind.
Megbele is not just a tribute to her late father, but is also one of the few songs to capture the real beauty of indigenous languages in Nigeria. The song makes you move your body and you end up vibing to the song without understanding a single word. That is a real feat especially when you consider that there aren’t many southern indie songs that made the kind of waves Megbele did.
It’s no surprise that Omawumi’s vocals are on point, after all, she did place second in Project Fame, but Butterflies is in a league of its own. There are very few female musicians that attempt to make real soulful RnB songs in Nigeria (save for Waje and Asa), and Omawumi not only did justice to it, but the song will make you hungry for more songs of the genre in Nigeria.
With the right dose of Flavour, Bottom Belle went from being fun and banter-filled to a full-blown “can you give us more of this, please” song! Bottom Belle relied heavily on true highlife and traditional beats and at the end of the day, it became pure bliss in the ears of anyone privileged to hear the song.
Today Na Today
Honestly, the Pop genre was only really cool when the now-defunct P-Square were doing it, that is until Omawumi released Today Na Today. The song had everything to make you envision a dance group busting the moves and doing some epic choreography to the song. It is still one of my all-time favourite Omawumi songs and “I don’t care what you have to say because the fire don dey the system.”
If You Ask Me
A song that tells the story about child abuse and molestation, sexual abuse, rape and all the many ills plaguing our society today is one that will always rank high in my book, but to do it with Jazz instrumentals, now that’s something it seems only Omawumi can pull off.
In The Music
In The Music kickstarted her career and she really dared to make an Afro-Juju song. One that many music labels would have been scared to put out in such a tough market, but not only did Omawumi make the song, the fact that it was widely accepted opened the doors for many other musicians to consider trying out the genre also.
It takes a kind of special to pull off almost every music genre there is. It takes an Omawumi, and if this post doesn’t make you recognise just how great she is, then I really don’t know what will.