Davido – An Old Man’s View

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As I sit in an exciting salon cutting my hair, I watch a slew of Davido’s videos on Channel O. Now let me state very clearly that I have never expected this particular artiste to hold the publics attention this long. I had looked at him as an average talent being pushed by the superior financial fire power of his father and other backers. Or what else would you expect when Africa’s richest man attended his debut album launch.
So I listened and just moved on. But his Gobe, Skelewu and the one that he did in a farming/ village setting have more than convinced me that this is a great talent.
As I watch these videos, I see a young man who is thoroughly enjoying himself. One that would do nothing else even if his life depended on it. The last time I saw these kind of passion in his art was watching a young Shina Peters on stage. Davido in his performances have more than convinced me that he is very clear as to his position in life.
The Skelewu beats is the quintessential ‘less is more’. I hear very little lyrics but a pulsating and very skinny beats that tug at your heart forcing you to move your legs to the rhythm. The song hits you at your most vulnerable, querying your refusal to stand up and dance, first urging you but later forcefully throwing you to the dance floor. The simpleness of the whole arrangement belies it’s perfection. It reminds you of the need to be one with your environment. It pushes you to seek a partner with which you will share this temporary madness. The excitement it exudes is so infectious that if you don’t immediately share it, you could explode.
You should see my little daughter, Zara dance to the beats.  She is only 5 but has perfectly memorized not only the lyrics but the dance steps. Any unfortunate visitor that comes in must be forced to watch the Skelewu choreography in my house. Refusal to watch will earn you a scowl and a rebuke from her and in extreme cases a warning that you should not come to the house again.
I also just listened to Gobe. The playfulness of it all is what got me.  This is an artistes that is not taking life too seriously  and begs us to do the same. The commercial chorus line is striking and the beats are anything but dexterous. The only flaw is the storyline behind the video, showing a small resemblance to what R.kelly had done before. But notwithstanding it gave me a new respect for this artiste.
Davido will evolve from teen sensation to a serious artiste as can be seen in his Gobe track. That is usually the albatross of most artistes. Very few cross that line unscathed. Artistes like tuface did and are still holding to their audience.
Davido must begin now to start courting the mature audience to ensure that he achieves legendary stature which is beckoning on him.
Edgar J

Edgar J

An Investment banker with a chip on his shoulder. A deep thinker with a different view of the society. Blogger and theatre critic, Edgar passes social commentary on Events, issues and people usually from a humorous standpoint. Sometimes caustic and almost fearless, he mixes his vitriolic abuses with humour such that the message hits you with a buffer that makes you smile. He runs a regular column in MODEMEN Magazine while still keeping his day job as a Financial Adviser cum wealth manager. A keen sportsman, Edgar loves the exciting game of train spotting. As there are no more trains in Lagos, he has taken upon the keen sport of Molue counting. He believes that in the next five years, these legendary modes of transport unique to Lagos would disappear hence his interest in them. A Lagosian by birth and a Shomolu man by residence. Welcome to Chantal’s....

12 comments

  1. Davido makes unintelligent music . . . if you/your daughter like his music . . you are indirectly an unintelligent bastard . . you shouldn’t allow your kid listen to trash,what typa father are you???!!! I’m sure you were prolly paid to write this load of bullshit

  2. I feel you you. You have the same sentiments as everyone else but don’t you think there’s still a lot lacking in his music?

  3. Aww, your daughter’s name is Zara? That’s beautiful. Love that name. Only thought it was a northern name. That being said, I think Davido is the most amazing artist since Wizkid

  4. I seriously agree with your write up… I remember clearly when he came to Manchester years ago and blew the whole building down with dami duro.. I loved loved that song and I thought the stardom was too much for him to handle but he has proven me wrong! He deserves it. I love the care free attitude towards life and I wish him all the best

  5. Zara is my daughters name and her favorite artiste is Davido. She is only 5 but is very aware of herself. Would you like to see her pictures

  6. he has everything to make it if he doesn’t den he is a big failure…. still is songs are as shallow as shallow can b

  7. Yea I agree with @Edgar Davido has proved a lot of us wrong bcos everyone thought he was going to be a one hit wonder! But I think every track he drops keeps pushing the bar. And as for the lyrics talk, he even has lyrics hw abt the european electronic musicians dat play only beats? Let’s jst appreciate the effort this guys are putting in to entertain us.

  8. U are proud to tag urself davido hater while he is making it real big, touring the whole world with the same bulshit, u better get a life for it frustrated life or keep hating and decay in poverty and better pocket ur bad feeling towards davido cus who GOd don bless! Mofo like u cannot stop the flow….Ewuuuuuu!

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