#MusicReview: My Favourite Versions of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ Circa Kim Weston, as well as by Brandon Camphor and Oneway

Kim Weston’s vocalising on D major has a reggae flavour, much like Bob Marley’s. Her intense vibrato throbs and pulsates through all three verses of the anthem. Weston indeed growls with heavy passion, in complement to the chimes of the organ, which is also intensified with the bass as the song fades out. My favourite notes are do ‘Do re me se la’ at ‘facing the rising sun’. I love how her voice bounces off the time signature as the…

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#Thowback #MusicReview: ‘Afurum Gi N’anya’ by Laraa

Laraa throws in beautiful melismas here and there in the second verse, with the digital violin also making its debut. The ‘sltdr’ from the piano takes me back to Chidinma’s ‘Jehovah Overdo’. Actually, it’s the other way round. #checckit! here. Laraa’s vocals are so light and smooth, I bet she has the whistle range…

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#MusicReview: ‘Jehovah Overdo’ by Chidinma Ekile

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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…’

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#MusicReview: ‘Olorun Agbaye’ by Nathaniel Bassey featuring Chandler Moore and Oba

There is something always thorough about Nathaniel Bassey’s pieces; always careful that every musical phrase and pause passes on a message. There is also something incredibly full about this song, ‘Olorun Agbaye’.

This ballad starts with noise from rattles, piano chords, wine pouring from a bottle, adlibs from Chandler Moore, and Nath, who takes over with ta’s, underneath…c

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