Timi Dakolo has a way with love songs and because he has the vocal range and demeanour for it, he naturally gravitates to it like a pro.
But a mid-tempo, soul-based love song alongside one of Africa’s baddest Afro-pop artiste, Olamide Baddo, is something totally unexpected.
So a little history for the millenials, Timi Dakolo cut his teeth in a now defunct music competition show called Idol West Africa in 2007.
After his remarkable win at the finals, Timi secured a well-deserved spot for himself in the Nigerian music scene, with rendition after rendition of soul-based masterpieces.
‘Take’ is Timi’s debut effort for the year and as much as the collaborative feature is a stretch, the song itself isn’t.
It is typical Timi.
His major themes are usually love and loyalty and the track ‘Take’ honours the former.
‘Take’ produced by Pheelz is a full-blown lover’s anthem dipped in cupid sentimentality, carried by a mix of passionate and witty lyrics like ‘sign the check’ and ‘take my life.’ Phrases you don’t usually hear in the negotiation of love in this clime.
Because Timi Dakolo incessantly offers ‘assurance’ to his love interest in the song, Frizzle N Bizzle, one of Nigeria’s most creative music video directors knew that in creating the visuals for the track, only one individual would be convincing enough to pull it off.
Playing on the couple’s unquestionable bond, the video creates a shopping scenario storyline that is as simple as it is genius. Timi takes Busola shopping and in the movie-type shopping format, she continually makes an appearance from the dressing room much to the pleasure of Timi and his friends, who are gathered to watch her try on dress after dress.
Timi Dakolo plays the excessively excited partner who is fired up by each look that his lover shows off. The video is hilariously executed by Frizzle N Bizzle with scenes where Timi is so overly excited that his friends had to physically restrain him to curb his excesses.
The video is a delight to watch.
Busola on the other hand is resplendent in this visual, flawlessly playing the part of the attention receiving partner.
Olamide’s entry is orchestrated with Timi’s friends covering a figure who on first look is thought to be Timi again but is instead uncovered to reveal Olamide.
The rap is not Olamide’s best effort. Afterall mushy love songs are not his natural forte. His line of fire is slightly distorted, taking care not to linger too much on form and promises of pleasure, as he is known to do in his usual representation of love on his own tracks. His verse comes off as overly careful, something that Olamide usually isn’t.
Olamide delivers what he owes and not a single bit more. He doesn’t do too well with helping out with the chorus afterwards. Timi’s style and choice of lyrics doesn’t help much in that regard.
‘Take’, both the visual and the video is a commendable effort by Timi Dakolo because it ticks the usual boxes but it somehow leaves you feeling a bit unsatisfied as to whether more couldn’t have been given.
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here