International Music Review – Godwin by Korede Bello (Nigeria)
The afro-wearing, baby-faced teen sensation, Korede Bello has finally released the visuals for his chart-topping single, Godwin, after it debuted five months ago. This isn’t a delay, as one may think it to be, but intentional as the self-titled ‘African Prince’ has been occupied with the royal duties to the Bellovers, ensuring the reign of the Supreme Mavin Dynasty. His role(s) may appear less burdensome compared to the weight on the older court members. But when you consider the magic of his wink, and how that singular act puts subjects in line – without stretching a staff like Don Jazzy – he sure does a damn good job! Ladies love him. Like Harry Styles, Justin Bieber (whose fan club- Beliebers– inspired his), Cody Simpson, or any innocent-looking member of a ‘90s Teen-pop group; his music guarantees followership. Although, it isn’t a Bubblegum pop song crafted to melt hearts, break a tear, blow a kiss, or get him thrown teddy bears, it retains its potency. The feel-good Pop song produced by his label boss, Don Jazzy, has widened his soon- to-be kingdom, with an increasing number of mature listeners. The carefully plucked keys combined seamlessly with the percussion and strings to give perfect melody. The lyrics may come off as cheesy at first listen but after a few hits on the repeat button, this becomes groovy.
The celebratory theme plastered over the verses makes Godwin melodious, if for anything. You could see yourself busting a move on the dance floor as this comes on. You could find yourself learning the Godwin dance, which is similar to the Chicken dance, as you watch the video. It has become a fad for a fun song to come with a dance. Take Olamide’s Shakitibobo and the DJ Enimoney -inspired Bobo dance, or MC Galaxy’s Sekem and the Sekem dance, or Olamide’s protégé Lil Kesh popularising the Shoki.
Godwin dance may not catch on like a wildfire on revellers but it will make a statement, albeit temporarily. The video is playful, fun and colourful. Label mate, Dr. Sid; comedian, Bovi; OAPs Yaw and Labi Layori make cameos. The Adasa Cookey -directed video captures the essence of song with each frame relating to the particular song line/verse. It is eye-catching; and keeps you watching, save for a couple scenes—the Fulani dance scene, for one, was unnecessary. As is norm with Billboard Hot Hip- Hop/R&B videos and Beats by Dre or other brands popping up, this video has Lekki Gardens and Access Bank tapping.
Still, this retains its fun level.
Review by Udochukwu Ikwuagwu