(+LYRICS+MEANING+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW: AFRICAN QUEEN BY 2 BABA SORRY BLACK FACE “CAN WE REST NOW?”

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Se a le sinmi nisi? Can we rest now was my question and I am sure was the question of so many after listening to Black Face’s version of African Queen. I am wondering what must be running through 2Baba’s mind after

listening to Black Face’s African queen. Perhaps, an interview with him will reveal that.

So, again, finally, Blackface o ti release version e oh fun Africani queeni (As in Blackface has finally released his own version of African queen) after so many years; oti peg an o (Its been long) of holding grudges with his former band mate- 2face now 2Baba whom he accused of stealing the song from him. Any way it is better late than never, atleast now that he has his own version, he will let us rest now.

Wait o, why do I feel 2Baba must have changed his name from 2face to 2baba because of the constant fight he was always having with Blackface. Perhaps, he suddenly felt irritated  sharing the same name with Blackface.

But come to think of it, if truly Blackface owns the song, then what must have been paining all these years must be that 2Baba did not drop a kobo as in the smallest amount of money for him after the song made him blow; and that is so not nice.

Anyway about the music African Queen; it is about the beauty of an African Queen. The artiste uses the word “African Queen” to eulogize women.  The artiste describes an “African Queen” as a lady that is astonishing and takes the breath of both men and women away despite her true black skin colour. He describes the African beauty as a unique one all over the world. He says an African beauty shines like of a star and lightens everywhere she steps foot. The artiste therefore implores African women not to tamper with their skin colour.

Blackface’s version in terms of lyrics is almost the same with 2Baba. However,  Black face’s has a different feel; the reggae feel. Infact I come dey feel am pass 2Baba own. But one thing is certain, “First will always be the first”. What do I mean? When they mention the first singer of African Queen, it would always be 2Baba.

I also noticed that Blackface’s version is quite lengthier that 2Baba’s own. His version lasted for about 5 minutes 5 seconds. The latter part of his African Queen version is different from 2Baba’s

View the new lyrics Blackface added to his version

“I love you just the way you are; my African lady

Don;’t change a thing stay the way you are; my African queen, yeahhhh

I love you just the way you areee; my African lady

Don’t change a thing, stay the way you are; my African queen yeah

Girl you dey shine like a star up inna the sky

I promise say me I go tell you no lie.

I love your pretty blackskin, your African waist line.

I say na you wey dey top of the line

This feeling I dey feel is a branded design.

You got me thinking about you, eh, all of the time.

Morning, noon and night you are upon my mind

You are my African Queennnnn”

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I love the song sha. It is great and also melodious like that of 2Baba’s version. I did not even know that Blackface has a sweet voice like this. I was expecting the kind of vocal he used for his song titled “Hard life”; omo, that voice in the song was hard.

I love the way he took this part “How can I deny this feeling am feeling inside”  at the two minutes 6 seconds of the song. He really did good with his version.

Take a gander at the lyrics below

LYRICS TO AFRICAN QUEEN BY BLACK FACE

BEATS

You areeeee, babyyyyyy

My African Queen,yeah  eh eh eh

That’s what you are

Ai ai

VERSE 1
Just like the sun, light up the earth, you light up my life
The only one, I have ever seen with the smile so bright
And just yesterdayyy, you came around my way
You  changed my whole scenery with your astonishing beauty
Oh girl you coulda make a brother sin, no ordinary thing
A supernatural being, and youuuu…
You are brighter than the moon, brighter than the star
I love u just the way you are

CHORUS

Girl you are my African Queen, the girl of my dream.
You take me where I’ve never been
You make my heart go ting-a-ling-a-ling
You are my African Queen (You babyyy), the girl of my dream
And you remind me of a thing (You remind me)
And that is the African beauty

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (You baby!)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s what you are

VERSE 2

Out of a million, you stand as one
The outstanding one o
I look into your eyes, and what I see is paradise
You captivated my soul
Now everyday I want you more oh oh oh
How can I deny this feeling am feeling inside
No other can take your place, can take your space
That is a fact I cannot erase
And youuuuu, you are the one that makes me smile
Makes me float like a boat upon the Nile.
CHORUS

Girl, you are my African Queen (You baby), the girl of my dream. (Girl you are)
You take me where I’ve never been  (You take me)
You make my heart go ting-a-ling-a-ling, y
You are my African Queen (You baby), the girl of my dream (You are)
And you remind me of a thing (You remind me)
And that is the African beauty

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
You baby! Baby Yeah

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

My African Queen Yeah

 

OUTRO

I love you just the way you are; my African lady

Don;’t change a thing stay the way you are; my African queen, yeahhhh

I love you just the way you areee; my African lady

Don’t change a thing, stay the way you are; my African queen yeah

Girl you dey shine like a star up inna the sky

I promise say me I go tell you no lie.

I love your pretty black skin, your African waist line.

I say na you wey dey top of the line

This feeling I dey feel is a branded design.

You got me thinking about you, eh, all of the time.

Morning, noon and night you are upon my mind

You are my African Queennnnn

CHORUS
Girl, you are my African Queen (You baby), the girl of my dreams. (Baby you are)
You take me where I’ve never been  (You take meeee)
You make my heart go ting-a-ling-a-ling, y
You are my African Queen (You baby), the girl of my dreams
And you remind me of a thing (You remind me)
And that is the African beauty

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
You are, baby!

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

My African Queen, yeah eh eh

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

chai

And this is for the black women all over the world

I wanna say

Black woman in Asia, Japan, black woman in Australia,

Chai

Say me love everybody

A Nelson Brown production

Blackface Naija

 

Wow!

Black woman in Jamaica, America, Africa, choi

See you are my African Queen

LISTEN TO AFRICAN QUEEN BY BLACKFACE BELOW

http://www.youtube.com/embed/NGXRoKBW1kc

DURATION: 5 MINUTES 5 SECONDS

 

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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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