There are dynamics and rudiments that songs go through before they are composed. Majority of music consumers do not take into consideration these rudiments put together to make a song rock.
Reviewing the various sounds been composed and analyzing the songs for consumers to appreciate what it takes to make music as well as educating new musicians on musical techniques they can employ to aid them in writing good songs is a way we are assisting Ghana’s music industry with.
Today, we are reviewing KiDi’s single of the year 2021, ‘SPIRITUAL’ that featured Kuami Eugene and Patoranking, produced by KiDi.
Vocal melody: The vocal melodies of this song are in tune. The chorus has a very interesting melody. The chorus is a kind of melody that would be remembered easily. Commercially, the melody of “SPIRITUAL” is a positive vibe; there is consistency in the vocal qualities. The singers’ vocal qualities are very rich in tone.
The singers through their vocal expressions showed how emotional they are about the lyrics. The vocals melody has the ability to be in your head for days.
Lyrics: The lyrics of the song is very deep and meaningful. The singer employed predictable and interesting lyrics to show the originality of the song. The words and phrases of the song were not just chosen for their meanings. It truly shows the sound and natural rhythmic quality of the song.
Key Signature: E Minor
Chord Progressions: C Major – G Major – D Major – E Minor. (IV – I – V – VI)
Beat Per Minute: 107
Meter: Two crotchet beats in a bar
Rhythm: There is a solid beat and strong engaging rhythm in the song that grabs you and carries you along. That is a good feature. In addition, there is consistency and conviction with the rhythmic style used – Ostinato and swing.
Instrumental variety and balance: If a song has a rich variety of interesting instruments, it may be more distinctive and memorable. ‘SPIRITUAL’ has essential variety of interesting instruments like African percussions and brass that was employed in the instrumentation.
This variety and arrangement is tasteful and suits the mood of the song. The instrumentation of “SPIRITUAL” was produced based on the natural minor scale of the home key. The instrumentation has the ability to boost your mood.
Digital effects: The usage of digital effects in this song was not much. One could feel the originality of KiDi, Kuami Eugene and Patoranking’s vocal texture and the instruments. There is no substitute for musical quality. The producer, KiDi really did a great job on that.
Artistes’ musical qualities
MELODIES: Catchy, tuneful, interesting, shapely, strong, melodious, memorable, and original.
VOCALS: The vocal production of KiDi, Kuami Eugene and Patoranking are distinctive, rich, warm, attractive, appealing, confident, conviction, heartfelt, clear, stylish, impressive and powerful.
LYRICS: Original, amusing, thought provoking, inspiring, heart-warming, punchy, meaningful, clever and deep. KiDi, Kuami Eugene and Patoranking have their unique styles of writing lyrics that have strong commercial potential.
ARTISTES: These three artistes are talented, imaginative, professional, creative, accomplished, competent, skillful, careful, experienced and natural.
Overall musical qualities of the song
STRUCTURE: The song has a familiar arrangement of sections – Intro, Verses and Chorus. This structure is easy for the average listener to vibe with it. Ultimately, this makes the song more commercially attractive.
PERFORMANCE QUALITY: One can still get a feel of how much the artistes enjoy and believe in what they are doing. Again, one can feel that, the singers are technically brilliant; vibrant performers who are full of confidence, conviction, style and flair. These performance qualities are far more attractive commercially.
PRODUCTION AND RECORDING QUALITY: The instrumental accompaniments are balanced, rhythmic, engaging, smooth, creative, solid, original, exciting, powerful and ethereal.
The production quality of this song is on point. Performing ‘SPIRITUAL’ live would not be a problem for instrumentalists. These instrumentalists do not need to employ digital effects to make the song sound original. Panning, side chaining, equalizing and spatial techniques used in the mix of the sound has made it balanced.
This is a great song and performance. The melody is strong and tuneful. KiDi, Kuami Eugene and Patoranking have attractive vocal tones and put real feelings into the lyrics they sing. The lyrics are interesting and meaningful with some punchy phrases.
Instrumentally, the song has a rich, full accompaniment that complements the vocal tracks perfectly. In addition, the performance quality is high throughout, both vocally and instrumentally.
Overall, the song is distinctive and original, and I think it has strong commercial potential.
The writer is Augustus Koranteng Kyei, professionally known as Kobby Kyei – a professional music teacher and founder of Kobby Kyei News.