2face Idibia. Captain. Leader. Icon. Legend.
2face Idibia, M.I Abaga show compassion in ‘Babylon’
You need to hear this because it serves as an apt soothing balm for the days in this country that have become nights, as the sun refuses to shine upon us, bathing us with warmth, satisfaction and a healthy mind-glow.
M.I Abaga. Captain. Leader. Icon. Legend.
That’s the very artistic combination to end world peace, bring on salvation, galvanize dying hearts, and set minds in motion for change. All with music.
The two stars have been on this path for as long as their careers have existed, feeding on the existence of suffering to create protest beauty for the public to channel their hearts to higher purpose, and inspire hope.
From artistic photos that set social media ablaze 48 hours to the release, the hype for the song was allowed to fester with no aim at controlling the narrative. Nigeria has had a rough 2016 with an increase in the ills plaguing the populace. Boko Haram is still a looming spectre of doom. The economy is in shambles, as inflation continues and the Naira experiences a free fall. The IMF has projected a recession for Nigeria by 2017. Rampaging Fulani herdsmen have laid waste to communities in a concerted effort at snatching grazing lands. Militants from the South have returned in numbers, with each day bringing the spawning of a new cell of destroyers. The government appear to be occupied by matters far from the core issues that threaten national peace and security.
A collective feeling of helplessness and despair. Defeat is in the air, as the people drink their tears and wallow in their sorrow and uncertainty of a better future.
Enter 2face Idibia with a song of hope. He recruits M.I Abaga for the task and together they start. Produced by M.I Abaga, “In the beginning there was fire in the mountain, a burning desire…scary thoughts about this country all of them think…” 2baba begins before launching into a healing motivational speech.
M.I Abaga is at his best when he strikes out with thoughts that are larger than himself. “Oh Jah, my country is in problem, we voted for change but now it seems that even change cannot solve them. All the politicians are Babylon…”
‘Babylon’s melody isn’t a huge selling point of the work. It’s repetitive tune with just enough melody to accompany the message. It is the lyrical composition and depth that brings this one home, as was the intention of the collaborators.
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