Orezi brilliantly channels Fela to talk sex abuse, rape and consent - The Native

Orezi brilliantly channels Fela to talk sex abuse, rape and consent

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to just name a category of music and all it encompasses, simply, ‘Fela’. Many musical releases have drawn on inspiration ranging from the culture, style, art, sound and dance patterns from the king and originator of Afrobeat. There are just two things to know before watching Orezi’s new release “Cooking Pot”: It mixes the nostalgia of that childhood game, “Who stole the meat from the cooking pot?” while pulling from Fela’s rich aesthetic.

“Cooking Pot” kicks off with a quick-witted line “Alcohol is sweet, but if you take am too much na problem” as Orezi goes on to sing of fornication, taking a stand against rape, sexual consent and safe sex. This is quite the sharp introspective turn from the same man whose catalog has been mostly composed of dance and party themed music.

For Nigerian music, the turn to more socially conscious themes usually connotes an alienation of people who just want listen to music about having a good time. But “Cooking Pot”, thrives on a wiry bass guitar baseline and drums set on Fela-insipred call-and-response back-up vocals. This instrumentation you hear is done by TymG and Mixed by Ex-O captures succinctly the Afrobeat genre especially through the use of Saxophone and drums on the track.

Adasa Cookey’s video direction is also cleverly done through all the Fela-themed props and costumes that were utilised. “Cooking Pot” couldn’t have been better executed.

See Orezi in “Cooking Pot” below

Feature Image Credit: Instagram/@Mrraggamofin


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