Songs always go through rudiments 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, analyzing the songs for consumers to appreciate what it takes to make music and educating new musicians on musical techniques they can employ to aid them write good songs is a way we are assisting Ghana’s music industry.
In today’s review, we are focusing on Akwaboah’s single “ENSESA”, mixed and mastered by Francis Osei (Groove House Studios).
Vocal melody: The vocal melodies of this song are in tune. The chorus has a very adorable melody. The chorus is a kind of melody that would be easily remembered. Commercially, the melody of ‘Ensesa’ is a positive vibe; there is consistency, originality and uniformity in the vocal qualities of Akwaboah.
The singer’s vocal quality is very rich in texture. The singer through his vocal expressions showed how emotive he is about the lyrics he sings. The vocal melodies have the ability to be in your head for days.
Lyrics: The lyrics of the song communicate and they are very interesting and meaningful. The performer employed imaginable, pleasing and interesting lyrics to show the originality of the song. The words and phrases of the song were not just used for their meanings. The lyrics truly show the sounds and natural rhythmic traits of the song. The lyrics of ‘Ensesa’ have the ability for every listener to relate and feel loved.
Key Signature: E flat major – F sharp major – E flat major.
Camelot Wheel: 5B – 2B – 5B
Background Chords: Background chords vary from section to section. Root chord, Eb Maj
Beat Per Minute: 99
Meter: 2 crotchets beat in a bar
Rhythm: There is a cool up beat and strong engaging rhythm in the song that grabs and carries you along. That is a good feature. In addition, there is coherence and conviction with the rhythmic style used – Ostinato and syncopation.
Instrumental variety and balance: If a song has a rich variety of interesting instruments, it may be more distinctive and memorable. ‘Ensesa’ has essential variety of interesting musical instruments like drum set, bass guitar, synthesizers, pad, tambourine and Alto saxophone that were employed in the instrumentation.
Modulating from the home key to its minor third makes the sound more interesting with the help of a transition, Eb Maj’s “blue scale” led by the alto saxophone’s interlude (00:02:29). The components of the scale are both the components of the home key, E flat major and the minor third’s F sharp major. So this makes the modulation very smooth and difficult to realize.
The timbre of the alto saxophone differs from player to player. The sound texture that was produced, the melodies infused by the alto saxophonist, Steve Bedi. This variety and arrangement is refined and suits the mood of the song.
Digital effects: The usages of digital effects in this production were not much. One could feel the originality of the alto saxophone’s texture, Akwaboah’s vocal texture and the other accompanying instruments. There can never be a substitute for musical quality. The mixing engineer, Francis Osei, did a great job on that.
ARTISTES’ MUSICAL QUALITIES
MELODIES: Tuneful, catchy, interesting, shapely, melodious, memorable, and original.
VOCALS: The vocal production of Akwaboah is distinctive, rich, warm, attractive, appealing, confident, conviction, heartfelt, clear, stylish, impressive and powerful.
LYRICS: Original, heart-warming, meaningful, and clever. Akwaboah has got his unique style of writing lyrics that have strong commercial potential.
ARTISTES: Akwaboah is versatile, talented, imaginative, professional, creative, competent, skillful, and experienced. Above all, he sounds natural and he is a good recording and performing artiste.
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 artiste enjoys and believes in what he is doing. Again, one can feel that, the performers 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, powerful, good vocal-instrumental balance, ethereal and it spans over 100 bars.
The production quality of this song is on point. Performing ‘Ensesa’ live would not be a problem for instrumentalists. These instrumentalists do not need to employ digital effects to make the song sound original because of the right live samples used in the production of the song.
Panning, side chaining, equalizing and spatial techniques used in the mix of the sound have made it a good-vocal instrumental balanced song. The mixing engineer did a great job.
This is a great song and performance. The melody is strong and tuneful. Akwaboah has an attractive vocal tone and puts real feelings into the lyrics he produces.
The lyrics are interesting and meaningful with some memorable punchy phrases. Instrumentally, the song has a rich, modest and full accompaniment that complements the vocal tracks perfectly.
In addition, the performance quality is high throughout, both vocally and instrumentally.
Overall, the song sounds distinctive and original, and we think it has strong commercial potential.
This piece was written by Libeson Beatz and Kobby Kyei.