Should we dance or brood to Omah Lay’s ‘Understand’? [Pulse Contributor's Opinion]

‘I give you my last card you spend am! ‘I thought we in this together!, ‘I show you my best friend you friend am!’

Behold the three lines summarizing a bitter chorus of rage, dilemma, and betrayal in Omah Lay's new single ‘Understand’.

On December 13 2020, the Port-Harcourt born singer was arrested during a concert gig in Uganda for allegedly breaking Covid-19 protocols. News of his arrest immediately triggered a #FreeOmahLay outcry by fans, lovers and even a few celebrities, all demanding ,his immediate release.

After Omah Lay’s return home, he wasn't so vocal about the experience. In an interview with BBNaija’s ‘Ebuka Obi-Uchendu’ on the ‘Rubbing Minds’ show, when asked to shed light on what seems to be a scandal, He said

‘Uganda was an experience mehn, it was a lot. It was a lot that happened. It happened the way it happened, I learnt a lot’

When further questioned what the godly singer learnt from his unpleasant experience

Omah Lay replied,

“The details of Uganda is in my next album”

Months later, ‘Understand’ a melodious single that appears to be the warm-up for a lengthy tracklist detailing the day his hands were pulled from the microphone stand and placed in cuffs.

I must say the ability to convert something volatile into an aesthetically soothing sound is a sacred art that Omah Lay proves to have mastered with this 3-minute track.

Flawlessly Produced by Tempoe, The tune of ‘Understand’ contrasts which emotion it aims to sell.

There is the head nodding rhythm from beginning to end, but there is also the ugly story being told.

If you listen closely; will make you realize, this song is nothing to dance about.

Luckily you don’t relate to the emotions Omah lay expresses in his new single and dance your way through and through. Fortunately, you don’t understand.

Hopefully you never will.


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