MUSIC REVIEW: “OYATO”… D’BANJ WILL SURVIVE

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After the fallout of Mo’Hits, one of the many questions in the mouth of observers is “Can D’banj survive without Don Jazzy?” It’s a ‘Yes or No question’ but probably not the type to answer in a jiffy. I personally didn’t have an idea until I heard “Oyato”, a Yoruba term meaning ‘unique’ in this context.
LYRICS/MESSAGE
Did he say “J Sleek, Jazzy forget” at the beginning? …hmmm (in big brother’s voice). Picking other lyrics of the song, I hear a man who is not only addressing the negative tantrums that has being thrown at him in recent time; he also amplified the voice of fans who still believe in him – “D’banj Oyato”. Did he also go subliminal in verse one? Catch it if it’s yours.
PRODUCTION
Character-wise, “Oyato” is typical, undiluted D’banj; the beat is Pop/Afrobeat with rich use of various percussions including the almighty harmonica. Before ‘the war’, Don Jazzy was a major influence in D’banj’s music for several years; he probably played a role or two in this song which is why I think D’banj mentioned “Jazzy” at the beginning.
J Sleek may not have half the charisma as Don Jazzy but he is also a good producer, reason why his clientele include heavy weights like 2Face, Sound Sultan, Wizkid, Timaya, W4 and more. The successful outcome of “Oyato”is likely to keep D’banj around him for a while, as well as increase his fee for other artists who may be calling next.
CONCLUSION
To say D’banj is not a good vocalist is stating the obvious and that’s stale. Going by his response to the whole Mo’Hits breakup and all, he has made it clear that he is more of a businessman in music than a superstar; he is also more of an entertainer than a musician. On a scale of fairness, I believe it takes a level of talent for a person to be able to play any music instrument – most artists can’t play any… including the harmonica.
Released on the stable of DB Records and Dej Jam ,“Oyato” may not be as groovy as some expect a ‘hit song’ to sound, yet I see it as another party favourite…any DJ can work it out.
Ladies and gentlemen, D’BANJ WILL SURVIVE.
Score: 4/5

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