My friend Harry Itie is a wonderful Media personality. In addition to his blossoming brand and good heart, he has aptly made #GreatVibesOnly his tagline.
In commemoration, he got permission from some remarkable indigenous artistes to share their music. Please do well to download the mixtape here. Your ears will thank you.
I listened and felt inspired to share my opinion of the songs that were featured in the compilation.
Great Vibes only is a 15 (intro inclusive 😏) track of great Nigerian export.
After Harry’s original intro, the first song on this “album” is Fola’s Comfortable. This is not one of those songs that I fall in love with at first listen. It had a “90s-RnB-song-I’d-usually-skip” feel to it, and I can understand why Harry might have arranged for it to come first. Harry is a 90s RnB fan ☺It’s generally a well done song IMHO, but it is not a favourite.
Juke’s Butterfly came next.I loved this song (loved because it was not the 1st time I was listening to it) and I still love it! It’s definitely one of the eargasmic ones on this compilation.
DavidB’s Titi Lai Lai didn’t make so much impression until I paid attention to the songwriting. It was clever and definitely earned points for the artiste.
The first thing that made me listen harder on Isaac Gerald’s Cross your mind was Eva Alordiahs voice (I’m a fan). I went “Hey! That’s Eva!” Then went on to confirm that I was right and acquaint myself with the artiste and replay the song. Yup! I loved it. Second time is the charm 😉
I totally wasn’t expecting it when Mosa’s Femi came on. It was love at first listen. And 100s of listens later, I am ready for the “next” to be a Femi (yoruba demon and all). Totally love it; won’t get tired of replaying it.
Dear Femi, if you are out there, you should call me. Seriously 😌
Ese Peter’s Mountains came on next. I was privileged to have had an early access to this song. I absolutely HEART it! (It was my ringtone until recently) The only flaw in this song is Ruby Gyang’s presence. She didn’t do so badly (thankfully!) but I’m not one of those people who think her singing is great. And yes, I can’t sing to save my life, ts my opinion, Sue me 😝
Femi Leye’s Sise came next. I met Femi at his album launch last year,thanks to Harry and Tolu. Femi is thoroughly gifted at what he does and has a lovely personality to boot. Seeing as I hardly understand yoruba (barely understand…definitely pushing it with the adverbs 😅) his gift is the more relatable quality. I’m sure Sise had a good message behind it.
Ric Hassani’s Gentleman played. I was introduced to Ric’s music last year and I am a fan of his voice. Gentleman didn’t disappoint.
Nikki Laoye ft Banky W in Onye Uwa Oma came next. It’s not a bad song,at all. But I’m Igbo and I had one reservation. She mispronounced the title of HER OWN SONG, which was basically hook abi chorus. Made me wonder who she was trying so hard to impress (and failing obviously 🤔). If you are going to sing in a different language, at least try to pronounce the word right. It was very distracting.
Edword’s Blue Sky wasn’t a bad listen at all. It had a good message to it and that was necessary.
Akay’s Parachute was a corny type of cute. A decent enough love song but I hope no one gives him a parachute. He should fall in love “with his chest”.
A.D.O.T’s Be my came next. I was initially confused, like the artiste should pick a lane; rapper or singer. Then Harry pointed out that he had someone else doing the chorus, then I could enjoy the song better. But does that mean he is a rapper???
Edez’s Holla is my type of corny cute love song. I’m sure in no time I’d be able to sing and serenade my neighbours with it.
The last song on this “album” was Buwa’s Burn. It says it features a Jamal Swiss. Unless Jamal is an instrumentalist, I had little success picking out his contribution to this song. I’d have thought features are supposed to fill a gap. Anyhooo, I like the song. Nice song writing.
I really loved that this compilation was missing the usual kpangolo music style popular among Nigerian artistes. These are the important things, identifying your own musical strength and giving it 💯. Music that can be easily identified as your own, with no introduction necessary.
Well done Harry, for introducing us to all these #GreatVibes which did not disappoint at all. I (We) appreciate.
And to all the wonderful artistes who let you share their music free, Thank you again. More notes to your music (or however the musically equivalent of “more grease to your elbows” go). God bless your entire hustle.
Peace & love, always.