(+LYRICS + TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW: HOLY GINGER BY EBEN  “THE TITLE OF A SONG REALLY MATTERS; EHEN, SO WHAT IS THE HOLY GINGER IN THIS SONG?”

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If you are not dancing to this song when it comes on, then something is wrong somewhere. So what is wrong? You tell me…

Ehen, moving on, so what did people say was wrong with this song? That they  were doing Zancu leg dance abi? Se oro ni ye (Is that one talk). The way some people criticize others you would be wondering if dem sabi Jesus pass the information wey dey for bible about Jesus and the one ministered to them in spirit; did I just say that? What I am trying to say is that some people act holier-than-thou.

So, I heard someone say that “Because they danced Zancu by Zlatan” it is a worldly video; I laugh in Spanish. Those people no sabi anything. As far as am concerned there is nothing wrong with the choreography. He doesn’t need to watch Zlatan’s videos to know that the trending dance is “Zancu leg dance” by Zlatan. In this internet age, you would always be abreast of anything trending. Even if you don’t see it on internet, one or two of your neighbors are already dancing to it which makes you aware of the dance.

Some people need to calm down for Jesus!

Phew! Kindly take a gander at the lyrics below before the main review…

LYRICS TO HOLY GINGER BY EBEN

INTRO

BEATZZZZ

Dance for me, shake body,
My God is good o, shake body
Oya, dance for me, shake body
My God is good o, shake body.

VERSE 1
Lord, you give me peace everyday
Lord, you make me dance everyday
Like non-stop, like non-stop

Baba, just like that, you too dey blow my mind, I overflow right now
Your blessings dey fall in, your blessings dey fall in

You took the worries away; I’l follow you all the way

PRE- CHORUS

(All the way) All the way, all the way.

I’ve never seen no one like You (Sempe)
You’re beginning and the end (Sempe)
You’re the only one for me, and I will never let you go

CHORUS (2x)

Jehovah Imela! Jehovah Imela
All power bow before you
Every tongues confess you are God o

VERSE 2

Oya, oya sing for Him. Oya, Oya dance for you
Make your body move for Him. Shake your body left, right, center.
God is forever
Sing for Him. Nothing you cannot do
Baba you wonderful. He gonna be there for you
He has taken the worry away; I follow you all the way

PRE- CHORUS

(All the way) All the way, all the way.

I’ve never seen no one like You (Sempe)
You’re beginning and the end (Sempe)
You’re the only one for me, Lord I will never let you go

CHORUS (2x)

Jehovah Imela! Jehovah Imela
All power bow before you
Every tongues confess you are God o

VERSE 3

Oh I can’t explain how you make me feel
Your spirit giving me direction
I worship you, I worship you
Like day and night, I sing for you, I sing for you.

Everything I give to you; I give to you, I give to you.
My Heart and soul belong to you; belong to you.

CHORUS (2x)

Jehovah Imela! Jehovah Imela
All power bow before you
Every tongues confess you are God o

BRIDGE

Oya, oya start to dey dance; shake body
My God is good o, shake body
Start to dey dance; shake body
My God is good o; shake body
Oya, Oya start to dey dance; shake body
My God is good o; shake body

Oya, start to dey dance; shake body
My God is good o; shake body

CHORUS (1x)

Jehovah Imela! Jehovah Imela
All power bow before you
Every tongue confess you are God o

OUTRO

My God is good o; shake body
Oya dance for me; shake body
My God is good o; shake body

Dance for me; shake body

My God is good o; shake body
Oya dance for me; shake body

My God is good o; shake body

DRAMA: DIALOGUE BETWEEN EBEN AND A FRIEND

Caller: Hello Bro

Eben: Brother Howfar? Wetin dey happen

Caller; I dey bro. I am great bro

Eben: Holy ginger, Holy ginger

Caller; Is the party still going down tonight

Eben: yeah

Caller: Yeah, that’s what’s up

Eben: Ginger the place, it is my thanksgiving,

Caller: Yeah, we gonna have fun tonight

Eben:  Call everybody

Caller: I am gonna call everybody bro, peace

Eben: God bless you mhen

THE REVIEW

So what exactly is the holy ginger in this song? Everything ni o (It is everything). Ginger means to be motivated to do something, to receive vigor to do something or to become lively. So why should you be lively? Because of God’s goodness upon your life.

So does the video of the song complement the title of the track? Yes they were looking gingered indeed by God’s goodness upon their lives hence the reason for the marvelous dance and praises unto the Lord

Meanwhile, after watching the drama and listening to the dialogue between Eben and his friend, it looked like Eben needed more of ginger than the caller he told to be gingered; well just saying…. Perhaps, it was because he just woke up from sleep.

Lyrically, the song comes in three verses. The pre chorus “All the way, all the way” was taken twice while the chorus “Jehovah Imela” was taken six times. The chorus got me so spirit lifted and gingered. It has a different pace from other lines of the songs; more like a worship feel that I so feel the artiste should yank off and use it to create an entire worship.

The artiste sang basically in English and fused it with few words in Igbo. The song is meaningful as it talks about being thankful to God for all he has done, and being motivated to praise and dance to the Lord for his goodness upon your life.

The song arrangement: Intro- Verse 1- Pre chorus- Chorus (2x)- Verse 2- Pre chorus- Chorus (2x)- Verse 3- Chorus (2x)- Bridge- Chorus- Outro.

BREAKDOWN OF THE SONG

In the intro, “Dance for me, shake body” we can tell that the artiste is cheerful and he is in a celebration mood ready to dance to God because of his goodness upon his life.

In the Verse 1, “Lord, you give me peace everyday” the artiste is basically sharing God’s goodness upon his life. He says God gives him peace of mind and a reason to celebrate every day. He also says the blessings given to him by God are in excess.

In the pre-chorus, “(All the way) All the way, all the way”  the artiste vows to stick with God forever because there is no one like him.

In the Chorus, “Jehovah Imela! Jehovah Imela” He is thankful to God for all he has done and also emphasizes the mightiness of God.

In the Verse 2 “Oya, oya sing for Him. Oya, Oya dance for you” the artiste basically exalts God with his dance and voice. He acknowledges the awesomeness of God as well as thanks him for taking away worries from his life.

In the verse 2, I think he meant to say “Oya oya sing for Him, oya dance for him” instead of “Oya, oya sing for Him. Oya, Oya dance for you”

In the Verse 3,”Oh I can’t explain how you make me feel” the artiste is thankful to God for always guiding him. He reverences God and acknowledges him as the giver of all he has, so he  surrenders all to him.

In the bridge, “Oya, oya start to dey dance; shake body” he encourages people to celebrate God with a dance for his goodness.

WHAT IS THE SONG “HOLY GINGER” BY EBEN ABOUT

The word “Ginger” means to be motivated to do something or to be encouraged to do something

Hence “Holy Ginger” talks about being motivated or energized by the Holy Spirit which pushes you to dance, sing, thank him; to basically celebrate abundantly.

MEANING OF SOME WORDS

Imela: You have done well, thank you; Overflow: To have something in excess that it starts spilling; Oya– A Nigerian slang that means now

LOCATION

The video was shot in Nigeria; they used both indoor and outdoor scenes. Some of the places they used for the video shoot include – Hotel, the balcony of an apartment, street and the frontage of a house.

COSTUME

I just love that Eben’s costume; terrific. They were all casually dressed; t-shirt, jeans, shirt. I feel those major choreographers should have been uniformed.

SOUND

This is what you call hip hop beat! The intro beat is very captivating. I love the chorus tune “Jehoveh Imela” it has an entire feel from the rest of the song. I love the flow of rhythm. The artiste vocal was strong and expressive.

The instruments were varied, rhythmic and compelling; there is just no way you would listen to this song and you wont feel like shaking your body. It is a fast tempo song; the use of shakers, drums and guitar enhanced the beauty of the song and they were not conflicting one another.

VIDEO PRODUCTION

This is what you call perfecto! Clean and quality video! Great lightning, great digital effect, clear visuals; everything sempe!

Cinematography di (is) tight!

I love their choreography; very interesting to watch. I dey really feel that their Zancu leg dance.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR HOLY GINGER BY EBEN BELOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24IpbK9cuZ0- holy ginger

HAMMER HOUSE RECORDS

DURATION: 4 MINUTES 36 SECONDS

FRIZZLE AND BRIZZLE FILMS (RICH AND FAMOUS)

IMAGES FROM THE VIDEO “HOLY GINGER” BY EBEN

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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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