With artists releasing music to retrospectively celebrate October 1st, 1960, we are summoned to speak good over the country in all things. Phyno’s release of his new track “Iwa”, as Nigeria observes her independence day today, is a reminder of how poetic Nigerian languages are in writing. With lines like “Nwannem amaka, k’anyi jewa” and “Nyem your number nyem control”, Phyno and Tekno drift between praises of a girl they fancy as deftly as they flit between languages, and as smoothly as the beat by Tspize builds.
The two artists play on words and use good humour as a tool, singing “Oburo film mana onye chota gi m actikwa” and “Imma Watchikwa”, which roughly translate to how far Phyno will go if someone else tries to get his love interest; “It’s not a film, but if someone looks for you, I’d act and I’ll watch it too”. Phyno is loved for his funny puns and it reflects on this track too. “Iwa” even more reflects a person at the centre of the dance floor, as clean tones, crisp thumps and ever-so-streamlined synths set a back drop for a bilingual love serenade.
Stream Phyno’s “Iwa” featuring Tekno, produced by Tspize, via Apple music below.
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Fisayo is a journalist in search of words. Tweet at her @fisvyo