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From the Baby Boomers to Generation X, to Millenials, down to Generation Z, we all agree on one thing – contemporary black music have lost touch of good lyrics. We at the De Critic have consistently lamented on this flaw. But not all black musicians are intellectually lazy. No, not all. Simi comes to the rescue with her ever-educating lyrics, with an icing on the cake using the pidgin language. The talented damsel, with her natural filtered voice, delves into the subject of Time as she sings:

Simi: photo credit vibezafric.com

“Entrepreneur international

But na soso sleep lola dey sleep

Chima no gree open shop

E say na hangover

Na everyday oga dey shayo

Dem say Simi why you too dey complain

Tomorrow dey, forget today eh eh oh

Igba o b’owo fun anybody laye

Gbo temi o araye o

[Selense Chorus]

Time na money (oh selense)

Time na life oh (oh oh oh )

Time dey run oh dey run oh

Use am well (oh selense)

Time is special (oh selense)

Every seconds oh (oh selense)

Time na gift oh oh oh oh

Use am well oh selense

[Verse 2]

My sheri sherifa baby

O ni forever 21

Before she know o o pe thirty (o sherikoko)

She no do the thing wey she want to do

Sheri alakori o

Na so so procrastination o

Dem say Simi why you too dey complain

Tomorrow dey, forget today eh eh yi o

Igba o b’owo fun anybody laye (fun anybody laye)

Gbo temi o araye o

[Chorus]

Time na money (oh selense)

Time na life oh (oh oh oh )

Time dey run oh dey run oh

Use am well (oh selense)

Time is special (oh selense)

Every seconds oh (oh selense)

Time na gift oh oh oh oh

Use am well oh selense

[Verse 3]

Asiko laye o

K’o fe san jaiye (oh )

Time no go cut

E no go stop oh oh oh oh (oh oh oh selense)

Make you telli Sarafina

Johnny and Sikiratu (oh oh)

Make you tell Finomina

Use am well (oh selense)”

Now, imagine those lyrics with a powerful rhythm. Won’t you dance to the music without whipping your mind? quote the music? play the music anywhere not minding which generation is listening? Listen to it now and tell us what you think in the comment below.

Simi Selense (c) Simi. This post is for critique and academic purposes.

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10 Responses

  1. This is lovely… Meaning and Value but not profit mindset should be the sole driver of music…it’s such a pity that this has eluded black music…Nice one Simi!!!

  2. Nice one Emmanuel. I love Simi. She and Asha are one of the few Nigerian musicians that care for lyrics matching rhythm. I will go order this song online for my mp3.

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