(+LYRICS+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW: DANGOTE BY BURNABOY “I DON’T LIKE THIS VIDEO; VERY UNINTERESTING!”

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Phew! What a vision-less (permit me to use that word) video concept. Sorry, no apology to the fans of Burnaboy for what I am about to say about this song, “I really do not like this video, so boring, although I love the song sha”

The first time I heard the song, I did not really like it, it did not flow in my system. However, overtime, the song just grew on me when a neighboour took a liking to the song and was always singing it every morning.

So, now what I am singing is “If Dangote still dey find money, who be Ogefash make im no find money now?”

Take a gander at the lyrics below

LYRICS TO THE SONG DANGOTE BY BURNA BOY

 INTRO

Dangote, Dangote; Dangote still dey find money o
No level, no level
It’s Kel P Vibes; Eeeh

CHORUS

Dangote, Dangote, Dangote still dey find money o
I no dey, I no dey, I no dey sleep on the money o
Who I be? Who I be? Wey make I no go find money o                                                                   I no dey send anybody o, Me I dey hustle gangan

 

VERSE 1

Choko
Make you hustle my logo, I no be olodo, I no be bolo                                                          (Make you huatle my logo, I am not brainless, I am not a novice)
Wo, omo to ba lo fuck up, I go show you my colour
(Oh boy/girl, if you misbehave, I will show you the other side of me)                                       Shey wan ro nipe mi ’l’opolo, emi gan gan mo yan wan ‘lopolo
(They think I don’t have brains, but they don’t know that I can even borrow them brain) The matter plenty enu mi o le so to  (The matter plenty, my mouth can’t finish saying all)

Oh no no no o
Make una listen well well

When I dey strive and I dey hustle
Wetin I dey fiiiind? Na luba I dey find
When I dey move from place to plaaaace
Wetin I dey fiiiiind? Na the dollar I dey find

And I don do yes yes, yes yes! And many people don tell me no no, no no!
Oni lati lowo o, odi dandan  (You need to have money; it is compulsory)
Tori iyami o bimo odoyo, is it because I dey do am for love                                                         (My mummy did not give birth to a child that is dense)
If I get cash I go jaiye lopopo. I go give you cash, I go be your sponsor                                   (When I have money, I will enjoy life in different ways)
Moni iyami o bi mo odoyo. Is it because I dey do am for love
If I get money, you go know o. Still I go hustle till thy kingdom come
Because, because

CHORUS

Dangote, Dangote, Dangote still dey find money o
I no dey, I no dey, I no dey sleep on the money o
Who I be? Who I be? Wey make I no go find money o                                                                 I no dey send anybody o, Me I dey hustle gangan

BRIDGE/ OUTRO

Choko

Make you hustle my logo, I no be olodo, I no be bolo                                                          (Make you huatle my logo, I am not brainless, I am not a novice)
Wo, omo to ba lo fuck up, I go show you my colour
(Oh boy/girl, if you misbehave, I will show you the other side of me)                                       Shey wan ro nipe mi ’l’opolo, emi gan gan mo yan wan ‘lopolo
(They think I don’t have brains, but they don’t know that I can even borrow them brain) The matter plenty enu mi o le so to  (The matter plenty, my mouth can’t finish saying all)

Oh no no no o

Emi gan gan lo mo ton so, abi you forget say I be the gongon
Mo ma korin gangan lori gongon, mo ma korin gangan lori gangan
Bere lowo Kel P. Tori owun gangan lolu gongon
Bami lu gangan yeahhhh

Dangote dey find money ro ro. Dey find money ye ye. Find money ro ro, eeh
Who I be to come dey sleep oh no, come dey sleep ye ye
Mo ni Ji Masuun (I said, wake up, don’t sleep)

Alakija dey find money, Dangote dey find money o, Otedola dey find money
Why me no go find money o; eh ehn find money
Adeleke dey find money o, Adenuga dey find money; why me no go find money
Find money, find money; why me no go find moneyyyyy

DURATION: 3 MINUTES 53 SECONDS

VIDEO DIRECTED BY: CLARENCE PETER

“The Richest Man in Africa still goes to work every morning. Employment and job creation should be priority for any government. The National Bureau Of Statistics puts the estimated number of unemployed Nigerians at 23.1%”

 

THE REVIEW

Lyrically, the song comes only in one lengthy verse. The Verse 1 and Outro took a chunk part of the song. While the not too long chorus was sung two times. The song is meaningful as it spurs people not to slacken when they have become successful because they can still attain more. The artiste sang mostly in Pidgin and fused it with Yoruba, a Nigerian language.

The song arrangement: Intro- Chrous- Verse 1- Chorus- Outro

The lyrics are inspiring and punchy!

 

BREAKDOWN OF THE SONG

In the intro, “Dangote, Dangote; Dangote still dey find money o” Burnaboy makes reference to the richest man in Africa Dangote (Read his profile here https://ogefash.reviews/2018/10/01/ogefash-october-celebrity-focus-aliko-dangote-still-soaring-high-cant-be-found-on-the-sleeping-mode/) and says even though he is extremely rich, despite his level of success, despite his stance as the richest man in Africa,  he did not slacken; he still goes to work because more money needs to be made.

In the chorus “Dangote, Dangote; Dangote still dey find money o” the artiste says that despite Dangote’s level of success, he is still looking for money. The artiste believes that if the richest man in Africa has not stopped working and is still looking for money, who is he to now stop looking for money.  He says even though people may think he is famous and wealthy, he will not slacken but keep on doing things or putting more effort into his work to make him wealthy irrespective of chitchats

In the verse 1, “Make you hustle my logo, I no be olodo, I no be bolo” the artiste talks about different things. He talks about the period people rejected  him when he had nothing and when he served people wholeheartedly.  He also says when you research about him, you will find out that he is not one of those unintelligent or novice personalities. He says though he is looking for money, anyone that tries to trample on his right or misbehave, he will deal with the person. He says those who think he is brainless are the ones without brain and he will borrow them brain also. He further says he has a lot to say but 3minutes 53 seconds of the track wont be enough for him to say all.

He praises his mum for not giving birth to a smart child like him. He says when he eventually gets the kind of cash he wants to have, he will enjoy life, dole out cash to people and support people financially in his capability. He says he would never stop hustling till he dies

In the outro, the artist makes refrence to a lot of rich Africans, Nigerians precisely (Alakija, Otedola, Adeleke, Adenuga whom he says despite their level of success, they ahave not slackened as they still do businesses to bring in more money for them.  He also acknowledges Kel P as the person behind the gangan drum.

WHAT DOES THE SONG “DANGOTE” BY BURNA BOY MEAN

The name Dangote is the name of the richest business mogul in Nigeria and Africa. The man despite the billions of dollars he has in his account and despite his level of success has not slackened his pace. He keeps working day in day out to make more money.

In the song Dangote by Burnaboy, the artiste uses the richest man as a reference point to spur people to keep putting more efforts into their work and never relax, even if they think they have acquired a lot of money.

MEANING OF SOME WORDS

Bolo– Novice, inexperienced; Dodoyo– Dense

Hustle: To put more effort into one’s work; Fuck up– To mess up, to misbehave

Olodo: Someone that is unintelligent; Opolo:Brain; Enu: Mouth; Dandan: Compulsory

Jaiye lopolopo: Enjoy life in different ways

 

LOCATION

The video was shot in Nigeria. They used both indoor and outdoor scenes. They also used the New Afrika Shrine!

COSTUME

Nothing to write home about the costume

SOUND

The artist sounds great on the beat; afrobeat style. There was to an extent consistency in the style of rhythm.  The instruments were not varied. There was this conviction in his vocals; great!

VIDEO PRODUCTION

The video lightning is poor. That ray of light at the beginning of the video was blinding. Uninteresting faces/countenance, uninteresting performances; uninteresting visuals. It is one video song you will certainly not be pushed to replay.  The video doesn’t complement the track. The song talks about people putting more efforts in their work  even if they feel they are already wealthy. So which wealthy person or hardworking person did we see in the video, instead visuals of poverty stricken people who are even doing nothing self except yahoo yahoo; rubbish.

Then, there is the video of someone cooking in her house, is that what she does for a living? There is also the video of someone polishing his sandal, is that what he does for a living? No scene whereby we see any character doing a meaningful job; mtchew

The last scene was even the most annoying, I was thinking the young boy would be given a meaningful role in the script, only for him to get to Afrika shrine and then just sit down and do nothing. He even picked the money he saw on the table; ko ni meaning

I can assure you that the millions of views this video has garnered is not because of the video itself but because people naturally love the track, I am sure they must be disappointed with the visuals…

WATCH VIDEO HERE

IMAGES FROM THE VIDEO SONG “DANGOTE” BY BURNABOY

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#dangote @burnaboy #burnaboy #ogefash

 

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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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