REVIEW OF FLAVOUR NABANIA UPLIFTED ALBUM
Story by ONYINYE MUOMAH
Click for Full Image Size Highlife crooner Flavour Nabania’s sophomore album, themed around the good life of loose women and free-flowing beer, is an ode to beer parlour gatherings. Of the eighteen tracks, which include three skits, only three songs - “Oyi (I Dey Catch Cold)”, “My Woman is Gone” and “Chinedum” - move away from this theme. “Oyi” and “My Woman is Gone” are both love songs while “Chinedum” is a dedication to his haters, mixed with praise for God and appreciation for friends and supporters.

Lots of spices

With his first album, Flavour sought to establish himself as a contemporary highlife artiste but in ‘Uplifted’ he freely samples from different genres while still maintaining his highlife core. There is a wonderful mix of reggae, dancehall, R&B, calypso, hip-hop, techno and of course highlife.

Although he does a good job with the contemporary music-inspired tracks, it is on the highlife songs like “Alcohol” and “Odiro Easy” that Flavour’s prowess as a lyricist and singer really shine.

Apart from one or two songs, this album is not the type you lie down and listen to in your bedroom. It is good music you get up to dance to with either beer in your hand or hands raised to the roof. And with the album well-tinged with his famous trademark chants - ojarikpoto, kporokotom, oringo, kirikata - it appears the album strictly limits dancing to the waist-shaking, feet-shuffling African variety of dance.
Raunchy spice

The lyrics, delivered in Igbo, English and Pidgin, are bawdy and enhanced with witty beer-parlour wisdom. These are not songs you would like your innocent child to memorise. However, for mature Igbo-speaking minds, there is pleasure in deciphering the embedded puns.
Apart from writing all the songs on this album, Flavour also shows off his skills as a producer. The album’s hit single, “Oyi”, the techno-infused “Kjumanjo” and “Chinedum” are entirely self-produced. He also co-produced some of the other tracks with his chief collaborator M-Jay.

Some flat spices

One major flaw the album has is the subpar input of some of its featured artists, most of them rappers; he could have chosen more carefully. One of the more outstanding songs, “Kwarikwa” starts and ends with a beautiful trumpet solo. It also features four other artists: M-Jay, Waga G, Jah Dey and Elense. M-Jay sings, Waga G raps and Jah-Dey does raga. None of their performances are exceptional but they will do.

After these three do their thing there is an instrumental interlude before listeners are specially introduced to “Mr. Elense Bakassi, the injection master to show [us] some simple and complex things.” After this kind of introduction there is a sudden foreboding of what to expect. And Mr. Elense Bakassi does not disappoint.

The entirety of his rap goes thus: “Simple, complex/ complex simple (2x). Love today, Love tonight/ simple complex.” And thus, what should have been a perfect song with special thanks to the trumpeter was completely ruined.

All told, ‘Uplifted’ is a good album. Flavour manages to shine while incorporating new genres to his original kind of music. It is a great thing that he does this without betraying his highlife roots or his fans. This album further affirms Flavour as a talented musician who hopefully can only do better as he continues to establish himself in the industry.
Grade: C4

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Nwa-Aba | 5/23/2011 11:56:22 AM
Flavour Nwanne carry waka i Nwa-Aba dey urside.Oringo gbukwe gi umunwanyi umu ge egbukwe m mmadu.Ara di na udi na udi ara ara di udi na udi ara.Flavour nawnne igbu go m mmadu with Ekwu gi.Ebe Ano umu igbo unu di uso o.

Oyi na atum ooo babe i dey catch cold my jeroff rice oo how u dey feel 2day ee my tomato jos ooo i don dey talk abt u.Omalicha m nwa.Flavour all ur songs are ebe ano
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Just it | 5/23/2011 12:47:34 PM
Make u no kill me wit ur songs ooh!. Nwanne, ur songs are raw ooh!. How can u be talking about a woman's breast like that (ara dara ada adago). take am easy ooh!
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ingrid | 5/24/2011 11:56:24 AM
flavour my girl friend is really c***y of one of your numbers,the ash*w* remix.she has made me a fan of yours.i understand your pigin quite well.
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chuks | 6/14/2011 3:04:44 PM
flavour u wan kill me with that track ukwu, kwarikwa and odiro easy. u too much pls come take my girlfriend she is all yours. carry go and more nof that my brother
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Nhlamulo | 8/11/2011 12:53:42 AM
Hey Flavour i want the lyrics of the song ara dara ada adago i dont understand a word but i love the song. u can email the lyrics to me at tknhlamulo@yahoo.com plz i realy want the lyrics
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get at me
Vice | 8/18/2011 7:05:09 PM
Get at me ASAP Flavour i need u now.
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Mr flavour upon d dance flour u ar 3much my bro keep d flag flyin higher u ar my numba one fan in d whole world.oringo
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