(+LYRICS + MEANING +TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW- SOAPY  BY NAIRA MARLEY “IS THE VIDEO WORTH THE WAIT?”

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Finally, the video to this controversial tune and dance move is out. Naira Marley had practically taken to his IG to say that only when there are 40, 000 comments on the comment section on the Soapy video teaser before he would release the video. He had over 46 thousand comments, we present to you the review of the song “Soapy” just after you might have taken a gander at the lyrics to the song below.

But before you take a look at the lyrics, do you really feel that the Soapy dance is bad and shouldn’t be archived like Nigerian Queen of Dance- Kaffy said? Do you think this video is worth the wait?

To me, I really see  nothing wrong with the dance. He was not even holding his prick self, but if the video is worth the wait of millions of Nigerians, I will let you know after the review…

LYRICS TO SOAPY BY NAIRA MARLEY

INTRO

O t’ese le efo (He stepped on vegetables/voodoos)

Yahoo ni babalawo (Yahoo is an herbalist)
Ole ni everybody (Everybody is a thief)
Ẹni ilẹ mọ ba ṣa ni barawo  (He who day breaks on is the thief)

Yoh Rex-i on this one
Barawo, barawo, barawo (Thief, thief, thief)
Gbogbowa sa ni barawo (We are all thieves)

VERSE 1
O t’ese l’efo (He stepped on vegetables/voodoos)

Yahoo ni babalawo (Yahoo is an herbalist)
Ole ni everybody (Everybody is a thief)
Ẹni ilẹ mọ ba ṣa ni barawo  (He who day breaks on is the thief)
O fe se ika fun mi (He wants to do wickedness for me)
M’ologun moni Quran (I don’t have voodoos but Quran)
Mo de se adura mi, bi mo se se adura mi, Allah gbo adura mi (I am doing my prayers, as I am doing my prayers, Allah is hearing them)

Ati lo ati de (We have gone and we have returned)
Ẹni ori yọ o di’le (He who the head saves is great)

Ẹni ba lọ l’o ba de  (The one that went with me also returned)

Igba ti mo pada de (When I returned)

Loba de mi l’ade (They crowned me)

K’ade ko pẹ l’ori  (May the crown stay long on one’s head)

Ki bata k’o pe l’ẹsẹ (May the shoes stay long on my feet)

K’awon ọta mi kan l’ẹsẹ (Let all my enemies break their leg)

K’awon mejeji kan l’ese (Let the both of them break their legs)

PRE- CHORUS 

Inside life (Inside life)

O ti ri 5 Alive (You have seen 5 Alive)

Inside life (Inside life)

O ti ri Deeper Life (You have seen deeper life)

Inside life
Awon kan je iya, awon kan chop life (Some are suffering while some are enjoying life)

(Inside life) Inside life

Awọn kan n ṣ’egbe, awọn kan n jẹ’ra  (Some go scot free while some rot there)

CHORUS

Jo soapy, soapy
Kirikiri ‘n jo soapy (Kirikiri is dancing soapy)

Jo soapy, soapy
Ikoyi prison ‘n jo soapy (Ikoyi prison is dancing soapy)

Jo soapy
Ninu cell EFCC wọn jo soapy (wọn n jo soapy)  (In EFCC cell, they are dancing soapy)

Jo soapy

T’o o ba ni’yawo n’le k’o jo soapy (if you don’t have a wife dance soapy)

Soapy!
Soapy, soapy

Brọda yi ‘n jo soapy (This brother is dancing soapy)

Soapy, soapy

Ab’ẹyin na soapy? (Or you too you are dancing soapy?)

Soapy, soapy

Single fella ‘n jo soapy (Single fellow dance soapy)

Soapy!

Ma lo lo OMO t’oba n lo soapy (Don’t use OMO when you are dancing soapy)

Soapy!


VERSE 2
Ṣ’o d’owo mọ? (Can you identify money)

O wa sọ p’omọ Naira (He said he doesn’t know naira)

O wuwo l’ọwo  (it is heavy in the hand)

Iwọ sa ṣẹ si Naira (You break it into naira)

Aja fẹ de’na d’ẹkun (A dog wants to block the way to a lion’s)

Kekere ẹkun o ma n s’ẹgbẹ aja (A small lion is not the mate of a dog)

Wọn  bẹ ni, Ma fọ  (They are jumping, don’t break)

Awọn na o fẹ wahala (They also do not want trouble)

I just wanna make Mama proud. They want to make Mama cry

Mama you gonna cry no more

T’ẹ ba sun’kun gan ẹ o su’kun ayọ  (When you cry, it would be tears of joy)

Ti m ba ‘n jo k’ẹ ba m yọ   (If I am dancing, rejoice with me)

P’ọrọ mi ja s’ayọ (K’ọrọ mi ja s’ayọ) (Because, my matter was a joyful one)

Inside life (Inside life)

Two and one course is my life (Ku ro n’be (leave there)


PRE- CHORUS 
Inside life (Inside life)

O ti ri 5 Alive (You have seen 5 Alive)

Inside life (Inside life)

O ti ri Deeper Life (You have seen deeper life)

Inside life
Awon kan je iya, awon kan chop life (Some are suffering while some are enjoying life)

(Inside life) Inside life

Awọn kan n ṣ’egbe, awọn kan n jẹ’ra  (Some go scot free while some rot there)

CHORUS

Jo soapy, soapy
Kirikiri ‘n jo soapy (Kirikiri is dancing soapy)

Jo soapy, soapy
Ikoyi prison ‘n jo soapy (Ikoyi prison is dancing soapy)

Jo soapy
Ninu cell EFCC wọn jo soapy (wọn n jo soapy)  (In EFCC cell, they are dancing soapy)

Jo soapy

T’o o ba ni’yawo n’le k’o jo soapy (if you don’t have a wife dance soapy)

Soapy!

Soapy, soapy

Brọda yi ‘n jo soapy (This brother is dancing soapy)

Soapy, soapy

Ab’ẹyin na soapy? (Or you too you are dancing soapy?)

Soapy, soapy

Single fella ‘n jo soapy (Single fellows dance soapy)

Soapy!

Ma lo lo OMO t’oba n lo soapy (Don’t use OMO when you are dancing soapy)

Soapy!

Spirit Mix

 

 

THE REVIEW

Nna mhen this song is so brief, about 2 minutes 55 seconds, less than 3 minutes; I love songs that are not too long, it makes repeating interesting. I had to listen to this song countless times to have a proper grasp of what the song is about so that you all can understand the lyrics and the review too.

Lyrically, the song comes in two verses; the verse one has 16 lines while the verse 2 has 14 lines. The pre chorus and chorus were sung twice each. The lyrics are in array. The lyrics are also detailed and are meaningful.  The song talks about dancing “Soapy” irrespective of the situation you are in because that dance is most likely your dance of victory.

BREAKDOWN OF THE SONG

In the verse 1, “O t’ese le efo (He stepped on vegetables/voodoos)” Naira Marley talks about the aftermath of his prison experience. If you can recall, he was arrested on the basis that he was into internet crime popularly known as “Yahoo yahoo” in the country after the release of his song “Am I a yahoo boy (View the review here https://ogefash.reviews/2019/06/19/lyrics-translation-music-review-am-i-ayahoo-boy-by-naira-marley-ft-zlatan-jeez-see-y-tch/).

So, Naira Marley goes on to say that people intended to taint his image, harm him and bring him down, but the reverse was the case as he was elevated and super-crowned. He says what saved him from his haters is not voodoos, but his prayer to Allah which he answers. He prays to remain elevated for long.

View some lines below that show his elevation

“Igba ti mo pada de (When I returned)

Loba de mi l’ade (They crowned me)

K’ade ko pẹ l’ori  (May the crown stay long on one’s head)”

Naira Marley also says that everybody has one or two acts in them that make them a thief but it is until when caught red handed that you can basically call the person a thief. This he said in this line

“Ole ni everybody (Everybody is a thief)
Ẹni ilẹ mọ ba ṣa ni barawo  (He who day breaks on is the thief)”

In the Pre-chorus       

“Inside Life”  the artiste says in life, some people suffer while some enjoy life. He also says there are people that commit crime but go scot free from their crimes while there are some people who may have committed the same cry or may have not, but they rot in the prison.

The “o ti ri 5 alive” the artiste sang about basically means to be living happy while “O ti ri deeper life” means that one has really gone through a lot of troubles in life.

In the chorus “Jo soapy!” the artiste calls on all to dance soapy irrespective of their predicament. He says whether single, or locked up in Kirikiri or Ikoyi prison, or in EFCC custody, just dance soapy.

In the verse 2 “S’o d’owo mo” He says a dog cannot block a lion’s way. In essence, he may be referring to people who are trying to bring him down as dog while he is the lion, hence the reason he believes they can’t stop him. He vows never to make his mummy cry, except they are tears of joy. If you recall, when he was in prison, his mummy was depressed and in tears. The artiste further says people should rejoice with him and dance soapy with him over his victory.

WHAT IS THE SONG “SOAPY” BY NAIRA MARLEY ABOUT

“Soapy” is a new dance step originated by singer- Naira Marley. It is a dance of victory. He created this dance step to elevate the spirits of people who may be going through one trouble or the other. He enjoins people to dance “Soapy” regardless any unsmiling situation around them.

In essence Soapy talks about dancing in all situations; whether you are in prison or you have no wife or life is difficult or you are already happy, just dance soapy, because it is a dance of victory.

LOCATION

The video was shot in Nigeria.

COSTUME

Prison uniform worn by prisoners

SOUND

I love the beat, very interesting to the ears. The major instruments used basically were drums, guitar, piano and percussion. The rhythm flows very well. The artiste has got a confident and convincing vocal.

VIDEO PRODUCTION

The video was not worth the wait; I expected more from this video. Even the so called soapy- dance he introduced, he did not do much of it in the video. The video also does not have a juicy story line. This is an average-mark video!

VIEW IMAGES FROM THE SONG “SOAPY” BY NAIRA MARLEY

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WATCH THE VIDEOS FOR SOAPY BY NAIRA MARLEY BELOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RMnsS4euUE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLG2qdAr8CM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q6Rixmvujc-soapy

DIRECTED BY TG OMORI

DURATION: 2 MINUTES 54 SECONDS

 

 

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.

4 thoughts on “(+LYRICS + MEANING +TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW- SOAPY  BY NAIRA MARLEY “IS THE VIDEO WORTH THE WAIT?”

  1. What you are doing is amazing. I was googling for translation of Naira Marley’s soapy and opotoyi but I wasn’t expecting to find anything. Your article surprised and blew my mind. Thank you so much!

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  2. Ogefash blog is doing a great job. Thanks for translating the song and also for telling readers the meaning of the song. The blog looks expensive to run, are there organisations supporting or sponsoring the blog? If yes, u deserve it, if no, I hope you find one soon. Keep enlightening readers!

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