Over the shoulder-shrug-paced earworm with Caribbean-influenced string and horn harmonies, Olamide flips stale subject matter of personal testimony into entertainment. Singing “Motigbana, Mo Ti Elevate (I’m On Fire, I’m Blown)” for the catchy hook, his sardonic sensibility serve him well as it elevates every lyric into a punchline. And just as his celebratory lyrics match the sturdy, feel-good rhythm of the dancehall beat Killertunes produces, the video Unlimited L.A directs highlights the song’s dancehall aesthetic. It starts with shots of Olamide and his gang preparing for a late night function with cameos from friends like Lyta. The video also shows a tailor working on costumes, women getting their hair done, and some dancers practicing moves that are later shown in choreographed sequence at the eventual carnival bash.
See the video for Olamide’s “Motigbana” below.
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