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How singer Simi’s trending song was inspired by Sir Victor Uwaifo’s 1969 record ‘Joromi’

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Simi and Sir Victor Uwaifo

The name ‘Joromi’ is a unique moniker which reminds the music history of one its most legendary songs. It first appeared as the title of Sir Victor Uwaifo.
Sir
Victor Uwaifo (born 1 March 1941) is a Nigerian musician, writer,
sculptor, and musical instrument inventor. Uwaifo is famous for his ‘Joromi’ single.

Uwaifo
made history in Nigeria when he won the first Golden record in Nigeria,
West Africa and Africa (presented by Philips, West Africa) for his song
Joromi’ in 1996. The song has legendary status among his fans
and his performances are characterized by his ability to play the
guitar with both his feet and also his tongue.

The album art for Sir Victor Uwaifo's 'Joromi' released in 1969.

The album art for Sir Victor Uwaifo’s ‘Joromi’ released in 1969.
(Premier Music)

Joromi’, a highlife song, was initially released on the album titled “Big Sound”
by Premier Records on June 27, 1969. Its release caused a stir in
Nigerian music as it received with anticipation. It was composed in the
Uwaifo’s local dialect. A five-minute track, Joromi had for its solo, a
mastery of skills on a variety of musical instruments including the
electric guitar with an accompaniment of percussion and the electric
piano. Uwaifo also made use of vocals in making beats.
The
song is based on a folktale of the ancient Bini people (now the people
of the Benin City in Edo State). It tells the story of an undefeated
warrior, named Joromi. He had wrestled and defeated rivals until he was
the ultimate warrior on earth. Without any more rivals, he decided to
take the battle to the afterlife. Against the counsel of the elders, the
fearsome Joromi engaged in battle with a warrior from the afterlife.
This personal quest led to his end as he neither returned nor did the
people of Bini till this day hear any news about him. It is not even
known if he emerged victorious or not.

Simi is asking her love interest to shoot his shot in 'Joromi'

Simi is asking her love interest to shoot his shot in ‘Joromi’
(X3M Music)

And now Simi is giving that song new life by using it as inspiration for her new single. Simi is currently flying high with her single ‘Joromi’.
The record which was released last week. The song, which is a new
expression of love, borrows a title and style Sir Victor Uwaifo’s ‘Joromi’.
“Actually, I had already finished most of the songs on my album, we thought it was already complete,” Simi told Pulse via the phone. “Oscar
my producer said he was going to send me a beat, but I was actually
tired of writing already. When he sent it, I fell in love with the beat,
and then I started to write it.
“It
was a bit hard for me, because creatively I wasn’t in that space. I was
mixing all the songs on my album, and it was a bit hard for me to
create that song. But because I really liked the beat, I just kept
going. I wrote 4 songs before I finally got ‘Joromi’.”
The
Federal Government of Nigeria, in appreciation of Uwaifo’s talents and
contributions to Nigeria, honoured him with a National Honors Merit in
1983, which reads in part: ” … whereas you have been nominated and
appointed as Member of the Order of the Niger to have and hold and
enjoy the privileges of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of the said
Order, MON.”
Uwaifo was the first
professional musician in Nigeria to receive such an award. Uwaifo, who
has a total of 12 golden records to date, has travelled to many
countries, including the United States, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom,
Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, France, Hungary, Rome, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire,
Togo, Benin Republic and others.
All of this was in part influenced by the success and legendary status of ‘Joromi’, which influenced Simi.
“I was trying to think an angle, I just sang the chorus and really liked the way it sounded, so I just built around that,” She says.
“One
thing I did in my entire album is that I try to get inspirations from
the work of legends. Not too long before I created the song, I was
listening to ‘Joromi’ by Sir Victor Uwaifo, and I really liked the
call-and –response thing he did, and it was inspiring. It makes the song
more interactive. That’s one of the main reasons why I did the
call-and-response in the song inspired.
“I
also wanted to use the name. I have not heard that name in any other
song before, so I thought it was going to be nostalgic and all.”

Simi

Simi
(Instagram/Symplysimi)

The remixed version of ‘Joromi was released in 2009 as part of the album ‘Legend Reborn Vol.2’ by the label, 960 Music.
Alongside the instruments played on the original track, there is the
addition of the bass guitar, keyboard, the drum set and most
significantly, the percussion instruments – the cymbal and the gong. The
lyrics, however, remain the same, in the language of the Benin people.
Simi’s
visual shot by AJE Filmworks brings the single to life, and features
Simi discretely expressing her affection and desire to be with a love
interest. The video quickly shot to number 1 on the Youtube trending
charts, with fans sending in recordings of the single as part of the
promotional strategy.
‘Joromi’ is the lead single off her forthcoming album, “Simisola”, which drops in September.

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Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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