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 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 our review bowl today, is Kobby Kyei’s new single ‘Who Send Them” featuring finest Afrobeats singer Camidoh and rapper Ko-Jo Cue, produced by LayKay Beatz, mixed and mastered by Kaywa. Let us dive into the pool.
Vocal melody: The vocal melodies of this song are tuneful. The chorus has a very interesting melody. The chorus is a kind of melody that would be easily remembered. Commercially, the melody of ‘WHO SEND THEM?’ is alacrity; there is consistency, congruity and uniformity in the vocal qualities of Camidoh and Ko-Jo Cue.
The singers’ vocal qualities are very rich in texture. The singers through their vocal expressions showed how emotive 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 performers employed foreseeable, pleasing and fascinating 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 this song ‘WHO SEND THEM?’ has the ability for listeners to relate easily.
Key Signature: F major
Camelot Wheel: 7B
Background Chords: F major – D minor – B flat major – C major (I – VI – IV – V)
Beat Per Minute: 108
Meter: Four crotchet beats in a bar
Rhythm: There is a cool down 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 styles used – Ostinato, Accents and Polyrhythm.
Instrumental variety and balance: If a song has a rich variety of interesting instruments, it may be more distinctive and memorable. ‘WHO SEND THEM’ has essential variety of interesting musical instruments like African percussion, bass guitar, lead guitar, pad and trumpet that were employed in the instrumentation to bring out the Afrobeats and Highlife effects.
The trumpet is orchestrated to be a part of the production, complement the monophonic vocal tracks and as well revealed as one of the major components of highlife and Afro beats genre.
The timbre of the trumpet differs from player to player.
The sound texture that was produced, the melodies infused by Kobby Kyei on the trumpet and the ability to play along a polyrhythmic production reveal how in-depth and virtuoso Kobby Kyei is on the trumpet. This variety and arrangement is tasteful and suits the mood of the song. The instrumentation has the ability to slip a listener into a motivational mood.
Digital effects: The usage of digital effects in this production was not much. One could feel the originality of the trumpet’s texture, Camidoh and Ko-Jo Cue’s vocal texture and the other accompanying instruments.
There can never be a substitute for musical quality. The producer, LayKay Beatz and mixing engineer Kaywa 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 Camidoh and Ko-Jo Cue are distinctive, rich, warm, attractive, appealing, confident, conviction, heartfelt, clear, stylish, impressive and powerful.
LYRICS: Original, amusing, thought provoking, inspiring, heart-warming, punchy, meaningful, and clever. Camidoh and Ko-Jo Cue have their unique styles of writing lyrics that have strong commercial potential.
ARTISTES: These three performers 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 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, exciting, powerful, good vocal-instrumental balance and ethereal.
The production quality of this song is on point. Performing ‘WHO SEND THEM?’ 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. Kaywa did a great job.
This is a great song and performance. The melody is strong and tuneful. Camidoh and Ko-Jo Cue have attractive vocal tones and put real feelings into the lyrics they produce.
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.