Chidinma has always had a heart for God, and it’s lovely to see her go all out. Guys, I present ‘Jevovah Overdo’ by Chidinma Ekile!
The song is introduced by a drum roll with a slightly slower time signature than the drums in the movie, Drumline, and then a digital melody on D flat major whose piano notes feel like yummy drops filling an ocean. Zulu and highlife undertones are gloriously represented by the bass. Slivers of awesomeness from the lead guitar make the song unforgetable to me.
Chidinma’s palpable passion always shines through in her vocals, and she belts beautifully, switching to mixed voice in the same breath at ‘Hallowed be your name’. The back ups have a raspy effect, which sort of reminds me of Mercy Chinwo actually, especially when there is a match pitch at ‘Oya take my heart, I give it to you, it belongs to you…’ It also reminiscent of Lara George matching pitch with Pat Uwaje King in ‘Hallelujah. Chidinma takes another verse, and at 3:10 to 3:11 of the track, the piano does a ‘so la te do’ that instantly takes me back to 2:07 to 2:08 of Laraa’s ‘Afurum Gi Nanya’, where the piano does a ‘so la te do re’. The hearty refrain is repeated a couple of times, and fades out.
The video is very EezeeConcepts-esque, with scenes with the choir, the dancers, scenes in front of home buildings and greens. I’m not sure I’m always satisfied with their kind of videos, but it’s a burgeoning label, so they will get more awesome. Chidinma looks incredibly happy though and does look lovely with her scarves, and that is enough for me.
This song is literally a testimony of the love of God’s love, with Chidinma proclaiming ‘And you overwhelm me, this love is too much; what can I say? Hallowed be your name’. The Bible says in Zephaniah 3:17 that ‘The LORD your God is among you; He is mighty to save. He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing.” It is God’s joy to shower us with His love. There is nothing more amazing than being in the presence of God, and this song reminds us of that.
My favourite line is ‘Thank Jesus for me, He has opened up the door’ echoes a powerful principle in christiandom. Usually when people have cracked a code on something, it means they have received the keys with regard to that particular thing. A ready example is with regard to insight and anointing in the healing of a particular kind of illness.
Revelation 3:7 says, in reference to Jesus, “He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens, says these things: From the lyrics of this song, it is clear God has given Chidinma some breakthroughs that she is joyful about. If you have an issue that you want God to give you the keys for, you can declare that God has given you the keys with regard to so and so and with those keys, you have open or shut…so and so, given the peculiarities of the situation.
Try these scriptures and leave your testimony in the comments section.