Song Title: Good Time
Words/Music/Produced by Ike Agu-Maziyke-also known as allaBama
Genre: Dance, Afrobeats, Pop, Soul, Easy Listening.
Reviewer: Franz Dickson 2022
Scheduled for release on the 29th of September to mark the International award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer’s birthday, GoodTime is unapologetically a pulsating, pumping beat!
Like the name suggests, “Good Time” is your ultimate party song! Crafted with one thing in mind: to give you a good time. If dance is your thing, or a great party song is your definition of a great track, then you’re in good company! “Good Time” has a bouncy, smart, infectious beat, rhythm, and groove! This song rocks as voices sing:
“Hello, hello, hey
We gonna have a good time
Good time tonight…”
A steady, innovative beat! Tight rhythm! Thumping bassline! Afro-influenced, highlife-reminiscent guitars, all executed with world-class musicianship!
The easy-going, impeccably delivered verse and choruses speak to letting down your hair and partying, especially after the day’s hassles, work, or whatever it may have been. The tone of invitation to loosen up and have a good time is unmissable in the voices.
The lead voice, while making it sound easy, actually delivers a masterpiece of a light-hearted vocal technique rendition that suits a big, artful party song like Good Time. Extraordinary creativity, indeed! I have heard it said; that the ability to express a big idea in simple terms is a mark of great talent. That’s what this song is. And Maziyke nailed it.
As usual, he was perfectly at home and sensitively communicative of the happy-go-lucky mood and attitude required of this brilliant song. His resonant, rich voice was on duty executing this beautiful party piece.
The intelligent, brisk, relaxed tempo at once makes this track an easy listening pick as well, while it’s already a dance song! And those well-delivered choruses have one thing in mind–an invitation to forget about the worries and have a good time here and now. But, again, this is essentially a dance song.
And the background guitars played by the singer are beautifully and nicely Afrocentric. Highlife comes readily to mind in the play style.
By the time the groove peaks and climaxes at the point where the voices switch into singing “Egwu-oma” which in the Igbo language means “good music,” this big song shifts gear and becomes a raging, sweet groove that’s totally off the hinges! Yes! This is good music!
With its groovy bass line, the drum-driven quality of this track is sure to get it into numerous dance music playlists and easy-listening radio belts. It has all the marks of a viral social media song.
Woven across dance, soul, pop, and the afrobeats genres, Good Time is assuredly the party man’s ultimate song and anthem, even though a broad spectrum of lovers of great music will gravitate easily towards this ingeniously crafted song.
DJs from Africa to the Caribbean and worldwide just received another considerable dance floor mover in this beautiful track.
The Peace Anthem: Words/music, by Maziyke (ike AGu)
ARTISTE: words & Melody By Ike Agu-Maziyke
GENRE: WORLD, POP, RAP, ROCK, AFRO-SOUL
TRACK TITLE:1 PEOPLE(Peace And Harmony )
“Peace & Harmony-P&H” is the first single off the much-anticipated album of international singer-songwriter and media entrepreneur Ike Agu, aka “MAZIYKE.” Titled “Peace & Harmony,” this massive track is your quintessential peace song to all the world’s peoples. And this call for peace and harmony is most auspicious, coming at a time like this when humanity is faced with the outlook of a possible world war spiraling out of the devastating war in Ukraine. From the singer’s own terror-stalked homeland of Nigeria to Ukraine, from the violence-plagued Tigray region of Ethiopia to the troubled spots of the Middle East and Myanmar, the most sought-after needs now are peace and harmony.
And the profoundly meaningful lyrics of this massive peace anthem capture exactly what the world needs now– a reminder to give peace a chance.
Opening majestically with beautiful guitars and percussion dubbed over what sounds in the background like the global angst of many outraged voices, the impassioned and soulful plea of the sweet-sounding chorus goes straight to the heart of the matter with a melody and solemnity that would melt even a heart of stone for its soulfulness. This track sends the peace message across with urgency and clarity.
In peace and harmony….”
The choir-like voices are evocatively reminiscent of the rich James Last orchestra-type voices, and their solemn plea tone is unmissable. It registers indelibly.
And Maziyke’s own soulful falsetto and luxurious natural voice tug at the heart as he pleads for peace and understanding in the ad-libs and verses. First, he lunges straight into a rap verse delivered with stunning versatility.
“We’re living through the age
When People are very mean..
We’re living through the times
When people are heartless
We are living through the times
When people fight because of race and Religion
We’re living through the times
When people want power
At all cost and by all means
We are living through the times when people
dislike you because of the color of your skin
He is deft on the job. He executed proficiently.
By the time the song shifts into the last lap, you’re left in no doubt that this is a master at work and that this is a massive, world-class peace song:
“We are one people
Though our tribes and tongues may differ
In peace and harmony
Let us live Oh oh oh
Yes, we are
The same people
No matter your nationality and religion
In peace and harmony
Let us live….”
Maziyke’s voice rocks and anchors the message so well in the opening adlibs where he sings:
“We’re 1 people, one people
I believe in peace and harmony
It’s really one people
Say no to violence ….”
This pop, rock, Afro, and world music masterpiece reminds one of previous peace and charity classics like “The USA for Africa(We Are the World)”, John Lennon’s “Imagine All the People,” Lucky Dube’s “Think About the Children” and “Different Colors One People” and Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World. “
“Peace&Harmony” is itself set to a regal world beat, uniting elements of the pop, rap, rock, and Afrosoul genres. The elegant, soulful rock guitars are unmissable. They will heartwarmingly stir your milk of human kindness. And the enchanting bassline rumbles deeply underneath, unrelentingly through the song.
The chorus is the hook and climax of this epic track. And the lead voice nailed this big plea for peace and harmony. The potent combination of the chorus and Maziyke’s soulful falsetto ad-libs on it takes you there. They could move you to a tear. You will feel the plea if you have a human heart. His ad-libs rock.
This is a moving song! Brilliant orchestration and strings!
But will the world listen this time?
Let people around the world listen to this cry from the heart.
The world needs this message now!
The writer of this big song, Maziyke, better known as AllaBama , whose real names are Emma Ike Agu is not entirely new to world-class songwriting. This is the craft he’s known for in the industry. The multi-talented, award-winning international singer-songwriter and record producer only redemonstrated it in “Peace & Harmony.” He has an illustrious history of great songwriting.
He was the mystery songwriter for Nigerian child star Tosin Jegede in the 80s. His own prodigious talent and musical prowess were revealed when in the 80s, he penned the winning jingle for the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) campaign during the then Buhari/Idiagbon regime.
That revelation led to his being appointed Music director at the Kwara State Ministry of Arts and Culture in Ilorin.
At the time, he also secured a contract from the government to do a music album.
His songwriting prowess also led to his choir winning the All Christian Music Choirs competition at the University of Lagos in 1986. Additionally, as a testament to his consummate songwriting abilities, he led over 500 cultural troupes to welcome the then-visiting head of state at the Ilorin State stadium. He performed for him at the government house.
Fast forward to the Obama era, Maziyke, now based in the U.S., headlined the newly elected President Obama’s African inauguration ball in Washington D.C. on the eve of the president’s first swearing-in ceremony in 2009. And continuing his string of accomplishments, he would subsequently go on to headline the Edmonton -Canada African cultural festival the next year.
Though he later took a leave of absence from the music scene for a while, he is now back. And this massive song, “Peace and Harmony,” is just one track from his upcoming album, “GOODTYME.”
“Peace & Harmony” is worth hearing! This is a big song,
By Franz Dickson: Writer and music reviewer, Franz is also the author of The Contestant
1 PEOPLE-RAP VERSION
New Music-1People, words/melody by Emman I Agu-Maziyke
yea, we are one people
we can live in peace and harmony
cos we are one people…
in peace and harmony 2ce
(rap) we're living through dangerous times
we're living through the age
when people have become very heartless
The times when people commit violence and atrocities
And just killing each other
The times when people got no conscience or empathy
and Just killing each other
The times when people take the laws into their hands
and just killing each other
Yea- are we going back to the dark era
to the stone age, have you forgotten
stanza 2 (Rap)
when you wake up in the morning
and want to watch the news
You see people fighting and killing each other
when you go outside to catch some fun
You'll see people shooting and killing each other
when you look to the left and your right
you see people shooting and killing each other
are we going back
to the dark era
to the Stone Age
have you forgotten that we are one people
living in peace and harmony
oh, we are one people
oh, one big family
We are living through an era
when people are very mean
we're living through an era
when people are heartless
we are living through the times
when people want power,
at all cost and by all means
we're living through the age
when people don't like you
because of the color of your skin
to all ware mongers
let me ask see questions
who are the real victims of war
the children are the real victims of war
innocent people getting killed every day
what you see is destruction & bloodshed,
Music Review: LET THEM SAY
After listening to “Let Dem Say,” you come off with the feeling that here finally is an artiste and track worth their salt.
Maziyke’s return with this massive international track is a highly welcome development in these days of declining musicianship and artistry. The days of great, good music are back!
This smash hit is a brilliant assemblage of multiple genres: Afro-sounds, jazz, pop, rock, rhythm, blues, soul, Afro-soul, etc., into a truly seminal recording that is at once compelling, soulful, and evocatively nostalgic. If great music is your thing, then this is your track.
Being the veteran that he is, I couldn’t have expected lesser musicianship from the maestro, WOKOIKE; he proved pointedly that the long wait by his fans worldwide was worth it. He rewarded them with this ingeniously crafted masterpiece of a track, Let Dem Say.
The song opens beautifully with a richly blended doowop-style chorus that sweeps you up in a soothing musical high.
Scoring truly professional harmonies have been a recurrent weakness of many of today’s tracks. But WOKOIKE would have none of that! The choruses here are beautifully blended, soothing, soulful, bright, crisp, and silky. He ensured that the department was well taken care of.
And his own lead vocals are a master class in the vocal delivery. Bristling with soul, style and experience, he effortlessly breathed them on the mic with the flair and expertise of a vocal guru. His velvety rich voice was in its A game. Every line is a masterstroke! Don’t take my word for it; go listen for yourself and come thank me later for this rec.
And a thing about veterans is their uncanny ability to craft their song on the appropriate sonic key that maximizes their own leadership voice and the other instruments and voices on the track. It’s a function of great songwriting, and WOKOIKE had that crucial question sorted out in the writing of this scintillating track.
The song’s mid-tempo rhythm makes it a soothing, delightful listening piece.
“Let Dem Say what they like
Let Dem do what they want
I’ll never give up on you
I’ll never stop loving you….” he croons!
That’s a bold love declaration!
And appropriately titled, “Let Dem Say” is a bold love declaration. Lovers worldwide and those pledging their love in marital vows just received a big boost and a new love anthem in this classic track. This is your next big international song on the key of love. Trust me!
And the soulful, anthemic baseline of this track rumbles sonically and definitively underneath throughout this masterpiece as if putting a stamp on it and augmenting its mellow mood.
Spicy, classic, jazz-influenced, Spanish-styled guitar riffs and disciplined strummed arpeggios help tell the song’s story at professionally interspersed intervals.
The soothing world-class mix and professional mastering are the icings on the cake. The total effect on you is, that you want to press replay after each listen.
Carefully measured arrangements of chorus-verse alternation hold your attention and interest in the song for the 3 minutes or thereabouts from its intro to its coda.
And here’s the caveat about this massive track! The chorus is very singable and highly addictive! You might find yourself whistling the melody in the bathroom. I warned you!
This is a viral song. All the marks are in place and on point. A certified hit amongst pop, RnB, soul, urban, and adult contemporary audiences.
I gladly give this five full stars.
Maziyke Bounces Back , Issues New Song “Testify”.
Maziyke, Nigeria’s famed international singer, and award-winning record producer, formerly known as Allabama, is back with a sizzling, hot new gospel track titled “Testify” !
This highly inspirational track opens gloriously with elegant guitars and soul-lifting choruses, In it, WOKOIKE , appreciates, magnifies, thanks and praises God for His goodness.
He testifies of God’s mercies and faithfulness.
Those who know and follow the award-winning, diaspora-based music icon, have for long been wondering about the hitmaker’s long absence from the music scene.
But he is back with this mega-hit track which he says has a big story behind it.
The iconic singer and media tycoon opened up to Lagos-based writer, Franz Dickson in this rare chat. Hear him:
“This is the story behind ‘Testify’- a gospel track in my oncoming album release.
“Many years ago, when I newly opened a recording studio in Castle Hill area of The Bronx, New York, I received a call from a ten-year-old kid who later introduced herself to me as Precious Ahunamba.
“The young kid told me she called me from Motifeire Hospital, East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, New York. I was startled on hearing she called me from her hospital bed. I never knew how she got my cellphone number. I had never met her family before.
” After listening to her soft voice, I realized that little Precious was a cancer patient who doctors told her had a little time left in this world. But, she didn’t give up, and before anyone counted her out, her cancer went into remission.
“So she told me about her dream to record a song she co-wrote with her mother . Her dream was for me to put her out there and let the world hear her story.
“Back in the day when I was a teenager, I wrote songs for Nigeria’s singing kid prodigy, Tosin Jegede, so working with kids was part of me. It runs in me.
“I listened to her song and wrote three more songs while she was still in hospital. She was diagnosed with Leukemia, cancer of the bone and made it to my studio for weeks.
Precious stood in my singing booth for hours throughout the recording sessions. It took us two months to complete the entire project. Her younger brother, who now attends one of the United States’ elite universities, also recorded a rap song I wrote during the project.
“Precious came with her little friends, and when she went back to the hospital, we recorded in her absence.
“The very morning of her album release and grand launching at the Holy Rosary hall, information got to me about what happened that morning at the hospital. Precious died hours before her album lunch.
“In my state of shock and disbelief, I wept uncontrollably. That news changed my life and my career. We went ahead with the album lunch since it was her dying wish. We had a successful event albeit overshadowed by this little angel’s sudden departure.
“Though I won the African music producer of the year for that album, I stopped producing and playing music. I was too heartbroken to play music. I saw life as a bitch and wondered why death would snatch such a little kid star away from this planet.
“My fans have all been wondering if I will ever play music again. I remember many upcoming musicians who wondered why I refused to work with them. I have not forgotten many clients who bad-mouthed me for refusing to play in their events.
“I stopped headlining concerts and openly refused awards, including honorary doctorate awards for headling President Obama’s African Inaugural ball in Washington DC in 2009.
“Close friends and family members had all given up on me music-wise. So I took a long music break after headlining the Edmonton -African music festival in 2011.
“Like everyone close to me would say, I don’t usually talk much about my songs; I typically just allow the listeners to have the final say. So, there’s no age, color, religion, or race-based stumbling block in my music. Instead, I hope to tell her story and make the world know who she was- little Precious Ahunamba.”
And that was the music maestro, WOKOIKE telling in his own words the touching story behind the new comeback song, “TESTIFY.”
Thankfully, WOKOIKE has again found his voice and bounced back with this epic track of testimonies.
He’s back to Testify of God’s love, goodness and faithfulness.
Testify is one of the singles from WOKOIKE’s upcoming album.
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