Everyone can do music but not everyone can do music that speaks to your inner ears. A true songwriter is not known for the so many songs he’s written and recorded but for the songs that have directly impacted lives and touched souls, especially via the intentionality of their lyrics.
PHIDO is a young promising Cameroonian singer, songwriter, and slam poet who has been around the music scene for a while a couple of songs to show for it, and conscious slam poetic videos. While on a steady rise in perfecting his arts and refining his lyrical and oratory prowess he drops yet another project dubbed GWANA – An Ep made up of 09 tracks. Phido has understood the type of music he does and a creative direction that doesn’t follow the bandwagon as he is branding his arts as Conscious Afro soul and Folk and alt-rock music.
It’s a body of work that cuts across consciousness and intentional living as it narrates stories, experiences, and circumstances which are the realities that inspired this project. He goes deeper right to the depth of the music banks to bring out that spiritual connotation that seduces the emotions of every listener.
An Afrobeat and Afro Jazz mélange vibe progresses on a fast tempo influenced by bass saxophones enabling a smooth transition as it delves into the bottle dance folkloric rhythm typical of the Grassfield region. The entire song gives the room music feeling which prioritizes consumption in clubs or enclosed spaces. The singer makes use of pidgin English and English language apt usage of common slang as the track is dedicated to himself to throw more light on his music essence and style.
“Gwana” as defined by Google stipulates someone who is a natural leader, independent and individualistic, an extremely ambitious person, original, and courageous who employs new and unproven methods. An explorer and an innovator who believes in an openness self-reliant, confidence, and energetic.”
A piece which serves as a prelude to what the project represents, painting a vivid but clear picture of the artist’s trajectory, the history, the present, and what the future holds acknowledging what lies within as talent is enough to conquer the world and upholding peace and harmony as a mantle in all spheres of life.
Recounts several hurts through memories that resurface every time to pierce deep. What doesn’t kill you makes you strong we say but it explains the reality of Karma that will catch up on everyone and anyone causing another hurt. It progresses on a slower tempo with a quick succession of verses accompanied by African drums, and twangy guitar notes. It highlights the concept that sometimes the healing process hurts more than the wound.
21 GEN-Z ANTHEM
Generation Z, also called Gen Z, is the generational cohort following millennials, born between the late 1990s and early 2010s. The artist goes deeper here with a more spiritual connotation with a heavy influence of African chants and humming buried and synchronized in the instrumentation. On a softer melody enabled by bass piano, the artist highlights several factors and realities that plague the contemporary society of a Gen Z youth. A theme unites a song that predominantly conveys the messages of hope and steadfastness.
Makes use of storytelling reminiscing the time of the youth as he takes us to the yesteryears, a piece that bolds the theme of hope, a success story that constantly serves as a motivation – from grass to grace. It has elements of live music as it makes use of the more familiar live instruments and scenarios. Its free-flowing instrumentation makes the pitch stable and harmoniously flowing from start to end.
The level-headedness and confidence on this particular piece are on a different level, energetic, livelier, and free-spirited song heavily influenced by the South African Amapiano instrumentation with a mélange of Afro-Jazz. The dulcet voice of Makossa artist AWU Acapero makes the song have more meaning, has a vibe, and is a danceable tune you won’t forget in a hurry because of its catchy hook.
Every song on this project could be summarized in a single phrase “The light at the end of the tunnel” is how you can define this. Conscious of the fact that there’s life after death and until you die before you truly live. Live life now to the fullest for a tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed. The African chants ggivegoosebumps effects that connect the listeners every step of the way to messages relayed.
Another song deeply routed with spirituality as it embodies consciousness, illumination, enlightenment, and self-awareness for a positive change. It drifts away from the common Afro soulful style to a more Folk alternative rock vibe. There’s a deep connection with the soul with lyrics that pierce deep to the heart and mind. The major instruments here are bass guitar and drums.
LEADERS OF THE TRIBE
This piece is deeper inspired by a note to oneself, self reflection and self-realization about the greatness buried within. The artist projects his versatility as he effortlessly delivers some very hard rap verses to show off both his lyrical and vocal prowess on a more solemn epic type of beats fussed with heavy HipHop beats.
It’s amazing to see young artists putting out work here with a mature sense of music and well-defined artistic creation direction.