Review on Sarkodie’s debut single off Mary Album ‘Mewu’


If you did not enjoy his New Guy single with America rapper Ace hood because perhaps you were not a hip hop fan, brace up for this new one because it is a classic song the evinces the versatility in Ghana’s “rap god”, Sarkodie.

Music lovers would soon listen to a brand new song from Sarkodie that features smooth singer and songwriter extraordinaire Akwaboah. The style used in the making of this new song is a mass departure from any song Sarkodie has ever done.

Titled Mewu, the song simply talks about a man who misses his lover to the marrow, imploring her to come or else he would die. The theme is an ordinary one but the craftiness with which the lyrics have been stringed makes it so refreshing to listen to.

The three minutes thirty – eight seconds [3:38] song starts with Sarkodie doing few lines as a prelude to the song (it appears that is actually the first verse). He talks about how he misses his lover and how eager he is to meet her. Then Akwaboah comes in singing some beautiful lines roping in the chorus: ɔdɔ yewu amma a, ɔdɔ amma a, mewu mahyɛ no oo. 4x” There is a backing of female vocals to complement the chorus.

Sarkodie comes back after the chorus to deliver the second verse and asks his lover to fulfil her promise of returning to him, again pleading on people to tell her to come before he dies from missing her. The chorus repeats, till fade.

The beat is in the 6/8 time signature. By this I mean, it goes like the agbadza or adowa rhythm but employs modern musical instruments but with the traditional feel from the strings. Similar rhythms have been used by most Ghanaian musicians including Barimah in African Money, R2Bees’ Love and Becca’s No Away.

This type of rhythm is quite common among Africans and forms a part of the poly – rhythms in Africa. Most rappers shy away from this rhythm because to them it limits their flow, an indication that it takes a good rapper like Sarkodie to perfectly deliver on such a beat.

Mewu is a danceable tune that can be enjoyed at social functions and for personal relaxation.

The wow – factor of the songs is the fact that it was recorded live; something that is not common among Ghanaian rappers.

Sarkodie represents versatility and would go a long way to satisfy different strands of people with different styles of music.

With production done by Akwaboah whom he featured on the song as well, one can only anticipate a great album since the track list for Mary suggests a few more joints together.

Unlike previous albums that had very amazing songs that were however not promoted, I only pray that Sarkodie does not kill the life of this new single by releasing other singles weeks after as it marks the beginning of a new era.

Mewu drops on Sarkodie’s birthday July 10 2015 via Tigo Deezer, iTunes and other platforms for purchase.

You wanna hear a snippet of the song, come back later!!

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