“Change Over” generally is another extension of Wizboyy’s art, as he adapts his music-making process to find new ways of expression and personal fulfilment.
Album- Change Over
Producers- Wizboyy Ofuasia, Magical Andy, Selebobo, Masterkraft, Mr Tee, Ugobuzz
Record Label- Hurikan (2016)
Duration- 70 minutes
“Ten years and counting, this is album number 4, steady making hits, and I’ve been killing shows from coast to coast”
That’s how it starts. The 4 album from Wizboyy, one our first modern stars who has since pivoted his art to Francophone countries who have provided him with more love and longevity. Long before Wizkid had his big break, and Runtown was all but a whisper in private circles there was Wizboyy. There is still Wizboyy.
From Ówusagi’, to ‘Fotojenik’, down to the syrupy ‘Infinity’ and ‘Screensaver’, Wizboyy’s discography reads like an All-star team of singles, whch has thrilled an earlier generation of party goers and music revelers with some of the biggest tracks across the country.
As one of the voices from the East who achieved nationwide success, Wizboyy commanded love primarily from Nigeria, until he found new ways to maximize his artistic impact to a wider audience in Francophone Africa. The Congo, Equatorial Guinea and her neighbors, were enchanted by the man and that market has housed him and given him to the numbers to make his art sustainable.
You could feel the distorted Franco-African percussions on ‘Oyoyo’, and find it sneaking along the Highlife of ‘I go love’, a confluence of all the sounds that have influenced the singer. When Wizboyy parties, he wears romance on his sleeve and almost makes the process feels live, like it is unraveling before you. Just like ‘Jaccuzzi’, ‘Bubble’, and ‘Ogaranya’, draws you into the process, with the clarity of sound, pressing drums and the ogene (when it is called upon), transporting you to a personal realm of razzmatazz.
Thematically, As he has been all through his career, Wizboyy continues his preaching of love and spreads it across the entire project. “Sun dey shine, rain dey fall, wind dey blow, girl I think of you, weather for tow, baby where are you…” he sings on the remix of ‘Lovinjitis’.
“Change Over” generally is another extension of Wizboyy’s art, as he adapts his music-making process to find new ways of expression and personal fulfilment. This adaptation is beautiful to experience, and sits roundly at the heart of the pop music culture that Nigeria enjoys.
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