Following the success of the original release, Reekado Banks joins forces with Fireboy DML for the remix of his hit track ‘Ozumba Mbadiwe.’ ‘Ozumba Mbadiwe’ is titled after the Ozumba Mbadiwe expressway that leads to the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria, where a terrible massacre took place in October 2020.
‘Ozumba Mbadiwe’ is an Afrofusion piece with infectious pop melodies and a silky amapiano sound that draws you in with ruminative lyrics to match. This star-studded link-up between Reekado Banks and Fireboy DML is one that captures your attention from start to finish. Listen to the remix here!
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It should be noted that this song, while catchy, has a deep message that many may not be aware of. October 2020 is a tough time that Nigerians will never forget. Nigerians were peacefully protesting for the #EndSARS movement against police brutality and on October 20, 2020, their lives were taken on the toll gate.
In addition, in the original music video, you can hear original audio of protesters from that night, which adds a raw and emotional element to the visuals. Most Importantly, Reekado Banks uses his art to speak up for the innocent victims. Nigeria has a deeply rooted history of injustice at the hands of the government and this song is just a glimpse into it.
When asked about the inspiration for the track, Reekado said this:
“October 20, 2020. Something happen with the government. They think say we go forget. For where. For Ozumba Mbadiwe.” This is such a powerful line to be repeated because the government denied the events that took place but, the Nigerian youth can’t be silenced, and the victims will never be forgotten.
Reekado Banks recruited Fireboy DML onto the remix and offered a different viewpoint for the track. “With the remix, I wanted someone that could add a different perspective to the record. Fireboy has been one of my favorite artists for a while now, and he has made his love for this record public, so I thought he’ll be a good fit for a remix, and he smoked it.” Reekado said.
Fireboy DML is also on the rise with the release of his hit song ‘Peru’ that features Ed Sheeran, so teaming up with him is only right. There’s even a bit of ‘Peru’ in this track as “won ni wo’n wa mi” is repeated in the background which means “they said (or say) they are looking for me” in Yoruba.
The video still manages to pay tribute to the victims lost, with Reekado on a speedboat with flowers traveling down the road. Fireboy DML found a way to spin his lyrics to speak on Lagos and money, offering a lighter tone to the song. To sum up, the smooth delivery and perfect production will have this song on repeat for weeks to come.
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