Music review: Cynthia Morgan has a smash hit on her hands with ‘Olowo’

There is something extremely cool about the ability of an artist who is constantly in the media for controversial reasons to prove her critics wrong whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Cynthia Morgan follows the long line of artistes like Davido who are not necessarily choice picks by virtue of popular opinion, but are able to shut critics up with music good enough to retain a spot on their playlists. Though Morgan stays on by the book hit making scripts already written by precarious afropop smiths like Wizkid, D’banj and Chidinma, this deliberate dedication to the formula works expressly on her latest single Olowo.

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Produced by newcomer producer Qasebeats, Olowo is laced on a mid-tempo instrumentation that begins with soft work pianos and drums. By the time Cynthia  Morgan’s voice powerfully opens the song, there are popping classical synths, soothing kicks and light bass guitars scattered behind the Stargyal’s vibrant voice. She’s ever relaxed through the song’s 5-minute runtime, as she sings about how much money she has now and the struggles she braved to reach this point in her career.

Cynthia Morgan deviates from her dancehall style completely and settles for an afro beat patios, as previously seen on Wizkid’s slimy West African rhythm and Chidinma’s vocal prowess. Her delivery is warmly accentuated by a beat that does justice to the genre, complete with jazz trumpets and occasional snare drum kicks. This is clearly a hit that was pre-determind before Morgan even put her pen to paper.

Cynthia Morgan is more confident than ever now, as she appears to finally settle into an industry that accommodates a wide range of genres. Though she sticks with her quasi-Jamaican accents on some parts of Olowo, the wholesome originality of the song is peaking when she stays on the song’s predisposed afro beat texture.

The edges are smoothed out and eventually, the average Cynthia Morgan sceptic will be forced to forget Cynthia Morgan’s many flaws and the obvious Ojuelegba/Emi Ni Baller iteration to just enjoy a good song.

In the meantime, we’re on standby for a Wizkid feature on the remix.


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