Regardless of the sonic temperament of a particular piece of music, every song is without doubt a tool of influence.
Whether to create excitement infuse passion or incite action, music has always melded message with mood.
R&B/Afro-soul crooner, Chike, joins the list of music artistes who have sharpened their music into a weapon for social change; in this case, to bring attention to the injustice of the toll gate massacre and the ongoing attempt to ban social media, spearheaded by Nollywood actor-turned-politician, Desmond Elliot.
Chike calls this mellowed-down, smoothly-rendered protest music ‘Wahala Dey’ and in his characteristic baby-making vocals he tells the story of death, injustice and restriction.
‘Wahala dey’ kicks off with the vocals from the now turned viral video of, arguably one of Nigeria’s most hated politician, Desmond Elliot as he talks about the ‘ills of social media.’
Then Chike analyzes the hilarious theatrics of Minister Babajide Fashola’s suspicious find of an abandoned camcorder at the scene. He sums the experience with the lyrics.
Oga Fashola with the Camcorder/
People die and na wan code am.
The smooth, unhurried vibe of ‘ Wahala Dey’ has a startling effect on the clarity of the message and helps you thoughtfully consider Chike’s stand on the matter.
The artwork design for the song follows a catchy illustration of Chike, in the familiar ‘fist up’ sign of defiance and the now viral image of the Lekki toll gate protesters behind him. The ominous date of the unforgettable massacre, 20.10.20, is prominently plastered alongside the song title.
‘Wahala Dey’ by Chike is a subtil reminder that we are still in a fight for our lives, that is if by some wierd reason you have mistakenly hit the snooze button and gone to sleep.
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here