(+ LYRICS+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW- “NKENJI KEKE” BY KING RUDY AKA ‘PAUL OKOYE OF PSQUARE’ TERRIFIC CONCEPT, JUST THAT THAT THEIR PICNIC BASKET WAS PRACTICALLY…


I just like this line “Imana e g’ egbu mmadu le, anya mmili eh
O gba julu’m anya, o gba julu’m anya”

For the non-Igbos, yeah, King Rudy sang mostly in Igbo, so that line basically means “You know you can make someone cry for you, and make tears fill one’s eyes; not sorrowful tears sha, but that of love #WINKS”

First of all, I just love this song. Anywhere you are and the song is playing, irrespective of your mood, you can’t help but notice the song and groove to it.

It’s one song that you will feel like learning the language and using it to woo that your significant order because of the way King Rudy sang it. So before the main review, let’s feel the lyrics first…

INTRO

BEATZ
Oh yeah, nooo, o love, my love
VERSE 1
Nne be ke nunu, obi ba ta nunu (My Mama, My heart come)
Ada che ta kwa nu, ndi mmadu ga a biakwa nu nu (Ada, remember that people will come)
Obi mara mma baby, nwanyi sara ngbada (Baby with a beautiful heart, a lady that is clean)
Oge e rugo kwa nu, mgbe anyi ga e bi kota nu (It is time for us to live together)

HOOK
Imana e g’ egbu mmadu le, anya mmili eh (You know you can make someone cry for you)
O gba julu’m anya, o gba julu’m anya (Tears fill my eyes, tears fill my eyes)
Imana e g’ egbu mmadu le, anya mmili eh (You know you can make someone cry for you)
O gba julu’m anya, o gba julu’m anya (Tears fill my eyes, tears fill my eyes)

CHORUS
You are my everything, Nkenji keke, the air that I breathe, Nkenji keke
You’re all that I need, Nkenji keke, ololololo, Nkenji keke
You are my everything, Nkenji keke, the air that I breathe, Nkenji keke
You’re all that I need, Nkenji keke, ololololo, Nkenji keke

VERSE 2
Oh baby hold up, cos any time that I see your face I’m shining close up
Any how wey I like make e be I go dey there non-stop, non stop
A na ma asuzi Oyibo, e je gom obodo Oyibo (I now speak good English cos I have gone to the whiteman’s land.)
Nwata malu mma nu, nwata killing the boys them (A beautiful lady, a lady that is killing the boys)


Nwata ji zi we oku nunu, na egburia the girls them (Hot lady, the envy of other girls)
Nwata malu mma nu…ogini di, nwata killing the boys them….hehehe (A beautiful lady, a lady that is killing the boys)
Nwata ji zi we oku nunu, na egburia the girls them (Hot lady, the envy of other girls)

HOOK
Imana e g’ egbu mmadu le, anya mmili eh (You know you can make someone cry for you)
O gba julu’m anya, o gba julu’m anya (Tears fill my eyes, tears fill my eyes)
Imana e g’ egbu mmadu le, anya mmili eh (You know you can make someone cry for you)
O gba julu’m anya, o gba julu’m anya (Tears fill my eyes, tears fill my eyes)

CHORUS
You are my everything, Nkenji keke, the air that I breathe, Nkenji keke
You’re all that I need, Nkenji keke, ololololo, Nkenji keke
You are my everything, Nkenji keke, the air that I breathe, Nkenji keke
You’re all that I need, Nkenji keke, ololololo, Nkenji keke

REPEAT VERSE 1
Nne be ke nunu, obi ba ta nunu (My Mama, My heart come)
Ada che ta kwa nu, ndi mmadu ga a biakwa nu nu (Ada, remember that people will come)
Obi mara mma baby, nwanyi sara ngbada (Baby with a beautiful heart, a lady that is clean)
Oge e rugo kwa nu, mgbe anyi ga e bi kota nu (It is time for us to live together)

HOOK
Imana e g’ egbu mmadu le, anya mmili eh (You know you can make someone cry for you)
O gba julu’m anya, o gba julu’m anya (Tears fill my eyes, tears fill my eyes)
Imana e g’ egbu mmadu le, anya mmili eh (You know you can make someone cry for you)
O gba julu’m anya, o gba julu’m anya (Tears fill my eyes, tears fill my eyes)

OUTRO
You are my everything, Nkenji keke, the air that I breathe, Nkenji keke
You’re all that I need, Nkenji keke, you are my everything, e yeahh Nkenji keke
Everything (5x)
Oh baby hold up
Rude boy
Oh baby hold up

THE REVIEW

Like I said, I totally love this song, I can’t help but keep singing. King Rudy in this song uses the word ‘Nkenji Keke’ to describe the lady he loves in a figurative way. It is a love song, no doubt mostly sang in Igbo, but ‘Ogefash blog’ has translated it to English for our beautiful readers.
View the song here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOZu5Q0Bvz0

The song is lyrically on point from where he described the power of his woman which is capable of making someone cry for her (not sorrowful one o) and capable of killing the boys (not physical death though, but more of make guys lose control and yearn for her).

He also describes his woman as one that other ladies are envious of and a kind of woman a man can do anything for. For king Rudy, because of her, he visits the Whiteman’s land and now he speaks English all just for her sake.

Check the below line in Verse 2
A na ma asuzi Oyibo, e je gom obodo Oyibo (I now speak good English cos I have gone to the whiteman’s land.)
Nwata malu mma nu, nwata killing the boys them (A beautiful lady, a lady that is killing the boys)
Nwata ji zi we oku nunu, na egburia the girls them (Hot lady, the envy of other girls)

What the song “Nkenji keke” is about

This is a love song to a woman. “Nkenji keke” is an Igbo word, a language spoken in Nigeria. King Rudy uses it to describe his woman because of all the unique qualities in her. Some of the qualities he sees in his woman makes him conclude that she is the one he wants to live with forever. His woman is the envy of other ladies and can make other men die for her. She is hot in all ways and can cause one to cry (not the tears of sorrow though, that kind of cry of love)

VIDEO
This is a very simple but spectacular video. So, the video was shot outdoor, a place looking like a hillside with not so much interesting view aside the lawn and water fountain or perhaps a lakeside and few slopes.

The video was in form of a drama, where King Rudy took his woman out on an outdoor picnic. They carried along a basket containing virtually nothing; sorry I meant few items. They also had with them a guitar that none of them played. Infact, I think that lady used it as a drum or something; my eyes I guess, please help check.

While having fun, they are interrupted by a little girl who is fascinated about their love life and beckons on them to follow her. Moments later, they are in the girl’s kingdom and they see other people from her kingdom as well; they are so excited to have them around. They chat with them and also give them their costume to wear, they also teach them their culture and their dance steps. Okay, I think Paul played the guitar there.

Costume

Just costume! King Rudy and his woman wore white and a touch of red, even when they were in the water. The lady wore a long dress with a long slit enough to reveal her panties and a red hat. While in the water, the lady wore a very transparent net hence revealing her chest; if you know what I mean. And for the new people they met, their outfit is like the old school dressing.

Beat: Great- capable to make one fall in love

Just thinking
• The dance steps didn’t sync at all with the music, either the music was faster or the dancers were faster, or perhaps they do not know how to dance. They just wasted that beat anyway, because I didnt see that their proper African dance at all

• I thought seeing a stranger, that lady should have used her shawl to cover her, she was practically naked

• That basket was practically empty


• I saw just a chair, I thought it should be two and not one.

The video was directed by Moe Musa
Duration: 3:49
Great song, better than Fire Fire

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Author:

Born in the 80’s, Ogefash picked up writing early in her secondary school days at International School, Lagos. She took it professionally after her university days at the University of Lagos where she graduated from the Department of Mass Communication. She is a writer of several short stories some of which have been published in the magazines. Some of her popular stories are: A Night to Remember, The Special Gift, Haunted, Preparing Ahead of Time amongst others. Her novel "Looming Danger" published in December 2015, was highly recommended by people. She has worked with several media outlets some of which are Spur Magazine and Upcoming Magazine. With her love for children, she took up the task of supervising and taking care of children at the After School Department of Heritage School before her resignation. Her unique strory telling and song teaching skills endeared her more to the kids she worked with. Oge is a goal getter, a pace setter and always strives for excellence. She likes to impact and solve problems in a creative way in a challenging position. She has in-depth knowledge in reporting and editing. She is a seasoned writer and very passionate about her work. Interestingly, her blog is the first in Nigeria to start reviewing Nigerian and foreign movies and also write the plots scene by scene. Ogefash blog is also the first to give a detailed analysis about music and artistes in Nigeria and abroad. Ogefash says "I don't keep male friends because they always want to have sex with me. I don't keep female friends because they are always bitchy and envious. I only keep people I can call more than a friend!" Ogefash has an affinity for TV reality shows. In 2018, she represented Nigeria in the PanAfrican TV reality game show "The Maltavator Challenge" powered by Nigeria's number one malt drink packed full of energy giving vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6;Malta Guinness. The show brought together four African countries Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Coted'ivoire who competed for the grand prize of 20,000 dollars. Undaunted by any task in her field, Oge is highly energetic and creative. She is a rare gem and a gift to this generation.

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