There are rudiments 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 write good songs is a way we are assisting Ghana’s music industry.
Today, we are reviewing Sony Music’s signee, Gyakie’s ‘FOREVER – (Remix) off her “SEED E.P” featuring Nigeria’s finest Afrofusion singer, Omah Lay, produced by Kros. Let us dive into the pool.
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 easy to remember. Commercially, the melody of ‘FOREVER’ Remix is a positive vibe; there is consistency in the vocal qualities of these two artistes.
The singers’ vocal qualities are very rich in tone. The singers through their vocal expressions showed how emotional they are about the lyrics they sing. The vocal melodies have the ability to be in your head for days.
Lyrics: The lyrics of the song are very interesting, amusing 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 used for their meanings. The lyrics truly show the sounds and natural rhythmic qualities of the song. The lyrics of this song has the ability to bring out the emotions of a listener.
Key Signature: D flat major
Chord Progressions: F sharp major – D flat major – B flat minor – A flat major (IV – I – VI – V)
Beat Per Minute: 100
Meter: Four crotchet beats in a bar
Rhythm: There is a cool down 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.
Instrumental variety and balance: If a song has a rich variety of interesting instruments, it may be more distinctive and memorable.
‘FOREVER’ Remix has essential variety of interesting musical instruments like African percussions, lead guitar and pad that were employed in the instrumentation to bring out the Afrobeats effect. This variety and arrangement is tasteful and suits the mood of the song. The instrumentation has the ability to slip a listener into a romantic mood.
Digital effects: The usage of digital effects in this song was not much. One could feel the originality of Gyakie and Omah Lay’s vocal texture and the instruments. There is no substitute for musical quality. The producer, Kros and mixing engineer 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 Gyakie and Omah Lay are distinctive, rich, warm, attractive, appealing, confident, conviction, heartfelt, clear, stylish, impressive and powerful, most especially the section for the “duet” and harmonies.
LYRICS: Original, amusing, thought provoking, inspiring, heart-warming, punchy, meaningful, and clever. Gyakie and Omah Lay have their unique styles of writing lyrics that have strong commercial potential.
ARTISTES: These two 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, good vocal-instrumental balance and ethereal.
The production quality of this song is on point. Performing the remix of ‘FOREVER 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 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.
This is a great song and performance. The melody is strong and tuneful. Gyakie and Omah Lay have attractive vocal tones and put real feelings into the lyrics they sing.
The lyrics are interesting and meaningful with some memorable 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 sounds distinctive and original, and I think it has strong commercial potential.
Written by Kobby Kyei and Libeson Beatz.