Reekado Banks’ short film for “Blessings On Me” is a take on family and big dreams

Love aways wins

A lot of Afropop songs are tailored for dancefloors at parties because let’s face it, that’s where you get to appreciate the full effect of the drums, layered harmonies and the catchy lyrics. For people like me, who like to observe the phenomena of dancefloors and reflect, Reekado Banks’ new single, “Blessings On Me”, clicks like glasses of champagne. It starts out sounding and feeling like a chill, introspective and broody cruise, then slowly, it double-times into a euphoric hallelujah.

Despite the groove of the guitar-led high-life beat Princeton produces, Reekado Banks’ lyrics listens like a prayer, singing “Father, I Want To Hammer/ I Want To Spoil My Mother/ I Want to Shower Your Blessings”. Perhaps to give context, the “short-film” Reekado Banks ominously released to promote the single, a story of a family torn apart by poverty is told through the life of their superstar footballer son. Given the amount of pseudo-religious songs that get rolled out weekly, Reekado Banks’ “Blessings On Me” cinematically unfolds like wishful thinking, the heart of his short film, however, is the reconciliation of the footballer’s parents whose joint behind the scenes effort had propelled him into success. The greatest blessing it would seem is love.

You can listen to Reekado Banks’ “Blessings on Me” below.

Featured Image Credits: Instagram/reekadobanks


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