Mixtape:- The Igboro EP
Record Label:- Gberatinrin Studios
Distributed By:- Soundcloud/Online Media Platforms
Guest Appearances:– Big Carter, Vector and Reminisce
Producers:- Buster Keys And Yung Pro
Though Ibadan has a great geographical proximity with the centre of Nigerian entertainment Lagos, not too many musical-acts have broken the barriers between old Oyo State and the almighty Eko City. Maintain were the first people to let us understand that homegrown urban artistes can flourish , crossover and give the Lagos based acts a run for their money, in an era where pretty much every major act in Nigerian Urban music was signed to Kennis music, Olu, Tolu and Big Bamo showed that they could play in the field, compete with the major league and did their city proud while they were at it. Jay Ru was the second act from Ile Oluloye who made a considerable and commendable impact in Lagos with the release of his hit track Familiarity which featured Wizkid. Fast forward to 2015, acts like Kida Kudz, Saeon, Kilt Kranik ( now known as AL Ghvlib ) and Tundey are at the forefront of the “IB City movement” in different genres of urban music and doing quite a commendable job at it.
The subject of this review is the Igboro EP. the first full length project which was released by in July by Gberatinrin studios the prominent label outfit to which Tundey ( and Al Ghvlib ) is signed to. Tundey, an artiste whom I came across his music early this year decided to make a musical statement by releasing a project which would define him as a player in his home state, and with the guest appearances on the project, there is a clear intent to also get the attention of mainstream music lovers and aficionados. His music which I will define as a combination of Afro-Fusion,Trado-Funk, Afro-Pop and contemporary traditional street-pop music is encapsulated in this 5 track project which gives listeners an insight to his music.
The EP starts off with the title track Igboro which features Vector the Viper and straight up, I can tell he is influenced by 9ice as was evident with his delivery, cadence and performance on this song. The song is a befitting opening track which was performed in Yoruba ( which is Tundeys primary musical language ) and was given a rap flavour by Vector who did a great job and set the tone for Tundey to do his thing. The next song which celebrates beautiful women Dundu features Reminisce and takes a more conventional Afro-pop approach, Reminisce clearly overshadowed Tundey on this one as the latter sounded a bit shaky , however the chorus on this track is quite catchy and the production was top notch. The Zouglou ( specifically Premier Gaou which was performed by Ivorian band Magic System ) inspired Na E is a very good song which I feel needs a video as soon as possible as I feel it has this vibe which will appeal to music consumers in Francophone countries and beyond. Tundey once again drops the ball slightly on the next song Fever which features Big Carter, a below par attempt at making an R&B love song. Tundeys voice did not resonate well with me on this one, but Big Carter delivered on the rap end as a featured act. The EP ends with the final track Eyi Ga, a Yoruba parlance which roughly translates to “It’s Serious”, The track sees him revisit his “9ice Influence” and discuss heartfelt situations ranging from being once overlooked and neglected to now making headway in the music business. It’s a befitting way to close the musical journey and also make a mark in the mind of music lovers all across Nigeria.
With this body of work, Tundey joins the league of established Trado-Funk, Afro-Fusion and street pop acts such as 9ice, LKT, W4, Isolate Arafada, Tupengo, Small Doctor and More. His music combines a lot of elements of contemporary Afro-Pop with a blend of Fuji, High-life and Trado-Funk elements to create some pleasant music. This EP leaves him something to improve on, whilst giving his fans a peek into his musical scope. My only problem with him is that I feel he needs to create a unique musical identity, so as to separate himself from the pack and quell any obvious comparisons to 9ice, apart from that I think Igboro EP is a fitting introduction into the world of the artiste known as Tundey.
Best Verse:- Vector On Igboro
Standout Track:- Na E
Mixtape Moment:- The solid combination of early 80’s Afro-Pop and Zouglou Music from Central Africa On Na E Is That Moment.
Overall Rating:- 7/10 [ Recommended ]