Oct 26, 2011 – It was all about the Afrobeat this week on Glo Naija Sings.
Each contestant performed two songs by Afrobeats Maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with a live band. Some performances were good, others blew us away and some made us wonder why they are on this hit show to begin with.
We really wished the host Darey embraced this week’s theme by wearing something more traditional but as always he looked good.
Goodbye Precious & AM Ok
Precious’s Swan Song
Am OK’s Swan Song
1st Song: Sorrows, Tears & Blood
We all know that performing a Fela number is never an easy task, kudos has to be given to Mattade for trying what most of us can’t do. With that said we think he should have done better with lyrics of the song as he kept repeating the same line and he needs to learn how to make better use of the stage.
2nd Song: Argument
Mattade’s second performance was flat, boring and he really needs to work on his vocals and make better use of the stage.
1st song: Army Arrangements
Tee Songz really gave a good rendition of Fela’s Army Arrangements, he was really confident in his performance, made good use of his stage and even reminded us of Fela’s dance steps.
2nd Song: Lady
Tee Songz really made all the ladies in the house feel like Fela’s definition of a “Lady” and really carried the band & the audience along.
You rock Tee Songz!!
1st Song: Beast Of No Nation
The audience clearly couldn’t help but applaud Vicky, she really got Fela’s tone, her vocals were on point & direct. She carried both the audience and her band and her lovely Ankara piece really added more glam to her performance.
2nd Song: Lagbaja – Konko Below
We couldn’t take our eyes off Vicky, she performed Lagbaja’s Konko Below with so much fun & dexterity. She brought life to such an old song and made it sound more contemporary.
You go Girl!
1st Song: Suffering and Smiling
Just like the title of the song, Oni made everyone who listened to her suffer but we had to smile just because of how cute she is, she needs to work on her stage presence & vocals plus she was way ahead of her band mates.
2nd Song: Coffin for Head Of State
We get that Oni tried to copy Fela’s masculine voice but it is no excuse for her to totally sacrifice her sonorous vocals. The only thing interesting about this performance was the lovely neck piece and ankara jumpsuit she wore.
1st Song: Zombie
Christian came on stage shivering like a zombie. Although he was a bit flat on some of his notes, he quickly picked up & everything flowed well.He has clearly improved compared to his last performance and the audience seem to think so to.
Welcome back Christian.
2nd Song: Open and Close
Christian’s second performance was o.k, he made better use of the stage and he got the audience grooving.We really wished his voice was a bit low at the beginning of the song and higher at the middle but all in all it was a good performance.
Yeni Kuti, the daughter of the Late Afrobeats Maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was this week’s guest judge.Yeni said Tee Songz & Vicky really stood out and Mattade to her was O.k. Not Bad! Not Bad!! she said to Christian that at the beginning of his performance he was out of tune but later on picked up & got with the groove.
Oni was the unlucky lad this week as Yeni said she didn’t project her voice very well & she needed to practise more.
One of Nigeria’s foremost songstress Onyeka said Vicky was versatile, consistent and in control of the song, she also commended Tee Songz for good stage management but cautioned him not to get to carried away and praised Christian for really listening to his mistakes and improving.Mattade to her wasn’t audible enough & needed to find something inside to perform very well while Oni got this week’s axe from Onyeka telling her it wasn’t just her night.
Olisa pointed out to all the contestants that some of their vocals were sacrificed for stage performances, he said Vicky was defintely tonight’s star,Christian finally joined the party & Tee Songz got away with his performance for his ability to woo a crowd but needs to work on his vocals.Oni to him made a classic mistake for trying to copy Fela and she chose the wrong songs and said he was surprised that Mattade is still in this competition.
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