(+LYRICS+MEANING+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW- MAFO BY YOUNG JOHN AND NAIRA MARLEY “DOES THE VIDEO COMPLEMENT THE TRACK?”

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After listening to the song Mafo as well as watching the video; the first question that formed on my lips was “Does this video actually complement the track?”

Well I am still trying to figure that out. May be I would be able to figure it out after talking about the song “Mafo”

The word Mafo is a Nigerian yoruba word that means “Don’t break”. It is used as a slang by people. The slang meaning is “Don’t shiver or be intimidated or oppressed”

The song “Mafo” talks about different things. It talks about how life can be interesting and enjoyable for people in Lagos when they have money. The artiste also talks about how people who are wealthy and stay abroad want to use that to intimidate those in Nigeria. The artiste however encourages those in Nigeria not to be intimidated by them because there are some people who are just using it to feel fly but actually have nothing when compared to those living in Nigeria.

Naira Marley also talks about his desire  to be extremely wealthy and have his kids in wealth. He says he is currently making money because he is smart.

Finally, he talks about how he had suffered before becoming somebody today. He says he used to feel ashamed to beg people for money. Naira Marley encourages people who also want to be successful not to shiver or be intimidated regardless of whatever come their way.

So does the video complement the track? Far from it. Living a good and wealthy life doesn’t mean gathering ladies around you or flirting with ladies. Naira Marley just has the habit of using girls with the purpose of displaying their backside in his videos.

The song Mafo is owned by music producer Young John and it features Naira Marley. The song has three verses all taken by Naira Marley. The chorus was taken thrice also by Naira Marley.

Take a gander at the lyrics below…

LYRICS TO MAFO BY YOUNG JOHN FT NAIRA MARLEY

INTRO

It’s Young John the wicked producer

VERSE 1 (NAIRA MARLEY)

Eko dun mo omo ile, to ba ti lowo la po (Lagos is sweet to house owners/those living in it if they have money in their pocket)

Asabi t’on sha dollars . Awon padi mi t’on se wire  (Asabi that is packing others while my pals that are sending money or doing yahoo)

Eko dun ju ba yi lo. Awon ara bi lo mo omo ope salo  (Eh eh eh) (Lagos is more interesting than this, is just some people that decided to run away with the great people in it)

Owo wa l’Eko, awon kan wa okay. (There is money in Lagos; some money are okay)

Ma lo fo bi awo. Awa o le sa lo fun won (Don’t break like a plate, we can’t run away from them)

To ba de a ma ki wan kabo. Awa la l’ Eko iwo mafo (mafo) (If they arrive, we will welcome them. We own Lagos, you don’t be intimidated)

Inside life orisirisi nkan lo’n sele ( lo’n sele) (Inside life, various things are happening)

L’ agbo young John orisirisi  idi l’onbe n’be ( kuro n nbe)   (In Young John’s zone, different bums exist there) (Leave there)

Quarter pass, o si fe high (Quarter pass, you still want to get high)

After one original tramadol extra (Kuro n nbe)  (After one, original tramadol extra) (Leave there)

Quarter pass (Quarter pass) , o si fe high (O si fe high) (Quarter pass, you still want to get high)

After one original tramadol extra (Kuro n nbe)  (After one, original tramadol extra) (Leave there)

CHORUS (NAIRA MARLEY)

Heys mafo, ah mafo, ko si eyan nbe jor, iwo mafo (Hmm mafo) (Hey, don’t shiver /break/be intimidated; there is no one there; you don’t shiver/break/be intimidated)

Heys mafo, ah mafo oje lon lo jor, iwo mafo (Hmm mafo) (Hey, don’t shiver/break/be intimidated, don’t shiver; they are just trying to intimidate you and pretending to be smart or capable. You don’t shiver/break/or be intimidated)

 

VERSE 2 (NAIRA MARLEY)

Mo fe ri owo na. Mo fe bisola, kola yi wo ola (I want to have money to spend. I want to have my children in wealth; I want more wealth inside the wealth I have)

Ki tu ji, ki tu ji bola (I want to wake up; I want to wake up inside wealth)

O n pe ki wo to na brother Ade, brother Ade ti o sanwo aiye (I don’t care if they beat brother Ade; that brother Ade that did not pay people’s money)

Won wa catch e ninu aiye,  won wa catch e, won wa fuck e up ninu aiye  (They caught him in this life, they caught him; they dealt with him in this life)

Yeah, ewa  se mo guilty ni? Mo smart mo n pawo ni temi  (Yeah, come! Am I guilty? I am smart and I am making money)

S’ omo iye time ti oju ti mi?  Ti m’o le  toro owo lowo Rotimi (Do you know how many times I was always feeling so shameful that I couldn’t ask money from Rotimi)

Now everything is changed I send dem chop, I don’t need the change.

Am I a yahoo boy, no evidence in me; eyan rahman jargo bureau d change (kuro n be)

CHORUS (NAIRA MARLEY)

Heys mafo, ah mafo, ko si eyan nbe jor, iwo mafo (Hmm mafo) (Hey, don’t shiver /break/be intimidated; there is no one there; you don’t shiver/break/be intimidated)

Heys mafo, ah mafo oje lon lo jor, iwo mafo (Hmm mafo) (Hey, don’t shiver/break/be intimidated, don’t shiver; they are just trying to intimidate you and pretending to be smart or capable. You don’t shiver/break/or be intimidated)

VERSE 3 (NAIRA MARLEY)

Young John say no more

K”soro pe mi o + 449404 but iwo mafo (No more word, but call me on +449404; but don’t tremble)

O ba mi ko ba je (mafo) (It touched me, but it didn’t spoil) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

Omo iya mi no wa pelu e (mafo) (My mother’s child I am with you) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

Stay happy and se jeje (mafo) (Be happy and take things easy) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

You know that I dey  with u (mafo) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

O ba mi ko ba je (mafo) (It touched me, but it didn’t spoil) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

Omo iya mi no wa pelu e (mafo) (My mother’s child I am with you) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

Stay happy and se jeje (mafo) (Be happy and take things easy) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

You know that I dey  with u (mafo) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

Quarter pass, o si fe high (Quarter pass, you still want to get high)

After one original tramadol extra (Kuro n nbe)  (After one, original tramadol extra) (Leave there)

Quarter pass (Quarter pass) o si fe high (O si fe high) (Quarter pass, you still want to get high)

After one original tramadol extra (Kuro n nbe)  (After one, original tramadol extra) (Leave there)

CHORUS (NAIRA MARLEY)

Heys mafo, ah mafo, ko si eyan nbe jor, iwo mafo (Hmm mafo) (Hey, don’t shiver /break/be intimidated; there is no one there; you don’t shiver/break/be intimidated)

Heys mafo, ah mafo oje lon lo jor, iwo mafo (Hmm mafo) (Hey, don’t shiver/break/be intimidated, don’t shiver; they are just trying to intimidate you and pretending to be smart or capable. You don’t shiver/break/or be intimidated)

OUTRO

O ba mi ko ba je (mafo) (It touched me, but it didn’t spoil) (Don’t break/shiver/be intimidated)

Omo iya mi no wa pelu e (mafo) (My mother’s child I am with you) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

Stay happy and se jeje (mafo) (Be happy and take things easy) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

You know that I dey  with u (mafo) (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated)

Mafo, mafo, Mafo, mafo, mafo (Don’t break/shiver/ be intimidated 4x)

Ye Rexxie pon this one

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DURATION: 3 MINUTES 35 SECONDS

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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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