Phyno’s copyright drama with American singer Pia Mia may have kept the rapper in the news for more than music in recent times, but such is a rarity for the Enugu-bred rapper. On new single, “Zamo Zamo”, Phyno returns to melody, tapping Wande Coal along for extra vocals and Clarence Peters for some steamy (actual steam) visual shots.
Their ability to occupy different genres -Afropop and local melodies (highlife)- together is proven on “Zamo Zamo”. The two weave lyrics on the theme of love, which you may find yourself overlooking and just bopping head to rich melodies Wande coal and Phyno bring repectively on the track. T-spize produces with the systematic arrangement of percussive sounds particular to African highlife music. While Wande Coal and Phyno count beats and speak to his calculated rhythm.
Neither Wande Coal or Phyno are out of their element on “Zamo Zamo” their contrasting styles are kept moving as Phyno croons in his signature pidgin English inflicted igbo lyrics and Wande Coal still has that yoruba cadence in his lyricism as he sings solely English. ‘Iskaba‘ has now become Wande Coal’s catch phrase and he dices the track with this intermittently.
In full, “Zamo Zamo” is a jam capable of livening clubs or evening palm wine chills from Enugu to Lagos and beyond.
Take a moment to enjoy Phyno’s “Zamo Zamo” featuring Wande Coal below.
NB: This is an updated version of the original post made solely for the audio take on “Zamo Zamo” on August 1st.
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