Ghana’s internationally known male vocalist and Afrobeat sensation, Mugeez, a member of the music group R2Bees has given Ghana a facelift on the Afrobeats Star Davido’s seventeen tracks album ‘ Better Time’
Mugeez was featured on the song ‘MEBE’ which is the eleventh track after ‘Tanana’ which features Tiwa Savage. The Ghanaian artiste known for his prolific music delivery did his best as usual on the song without any drawbacks.
‘MEBE’ lyrics mixing English, pidgin, Yuroba, and Twi with an open verse in TWI from Davido, that says, “Okukuseku, Onipa hu y3 hu” which means “Trust no man or human beings can’t be trusted”.
Mugeez’s group R2Bees recently dropped a banger ‘YAWA’ which features Sarkodie which has to gain lots of airwaves with a huge number on streaming sites.
Davido described as an ‘Upbeat Voice in a Turbulent Time’ by the New York Times on his new album focuses on lighthearted topics. But one of his latest songs ‘FEM’ off the album becomes an anthem of resistance. “Fem,” the song that opens Davido’s new album, “A Better Time,” has become a protest song for Nigerians demonstrating against police brutality.
Davido — the American-born Nigerian Afrobeats artist David Adedeji Adeleke — has built an international career on songs about love and lust that have collectively amassed more than a billion streams. The album released on Friday, “A Better Time,” is filled with them.
But the perky song that opens the LP, “Fem” (“Shut Up”), has taken on an unexpected role since it appeared in September: as a protest song for Nigerians demonstrating to \end police brutality and corruption.
“It was on an entirely different subject,” Davido, 27, said via a shaky video connection from his home in Lagos, with his fiancée, Chioma Rowland, and their 1-year-old son, Ifeanyi, nearby. “What the song is literally saying is to tell somebody that talks too much to shut up.”
The lyrics, mixing English and Yoruba, boast about Davido’s success and taunt those who envy him: “Before the whole, the matter gets dangerous/You need to make sure you don’t say too much.” Protesters have sung “Fem” in the faces of police and government officials.
The new album includes a twinkling affirmation of deep affection, “Very Special”; the breezily suspicious “Something Fishy”; a touch of 1990s hip-hop with appearances from Nas and Hit-Boy on “Birthday Cake”; and “So Crazy,” a midtempo duet with the Atlanta rapper Lil Baby that seesaws between heartbreak and come-on. Davido also has African collaborators, including Ghanaian Afrobeat superstar Mugeez, the Kenyan band Sauti Sol, the South African rapper and singer Sho Madjozi and the Nigerian singer and producer CKay.
Davido secured a collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Holy Ground,” when, drunk after a night at a club, he sent her a direct message on Instagram, where she follows him. “I’m like, ‘Hello, Nicki, I’m a big fan. I got a hit for us.’ She says, ‘Send it.’ I’m like, what? And then I send it. And two days later she sent it back. That’s exactly what happened: no label in between, no mutual friend, nothing like that. It was just plain magic.”