Kiss Daniel’s latest single “Yeba” has enjoyed lot of air play and ear play over the past few weeks, and he follows up the release of the highlife tune with a video that embodies the spirit of the song. Leveraging Clarence Peters’ distinctive ability to create brilliant imagery from songs, together they create a video that relives memories of the Lagos party scene and its fashion since the 70s. Afro hairstyles and bell bottom trousers give way to bright adire prints, coral beads and bottles of palm-wine which then move on to the more recent hip-hop inspired style of the 2000s.
The video which was published on the G world wide YouTube channel on the 7th of October got about 833 views within 20 minutes of its release now stands at 431,705 views 12 days after its release and still counting.
Several opinions and reactions have followed Kiss Daniels new exploration in highlife music, some argue that the song is just one of those ordinary songs that add to the list of many songs that come and fade on the music scene, many others however see it as a welcome innovation following the thematic preoccupation of the video, that is, a reflection of the party lifestyle of Lagosians in three different ages and times from the 80s to the 90s and the 2000s.
Where do you stand?
With direct reaction to Kiss Daniel on his new track, why do some fans see it as a new step to rise from the ashes of his past works that have presented him (in their words) as “redundant”, “repetitive” and “banal”?
Despite his commercial success, many argue that several of his tracks that were produced on the same beat and sounded almost the same way such that fans could predict it was Kiss Daniel’s.
Also, Kiss Daniel spoke about going the route of comedy skits strictly to promote his new songs which may work in his favor but I am yet to understand how that results in song promotion especially if the skits are not related to the new songs.
Some fans nonetheless fear that kiss Daniel might not be able to maintain this new wave of good music that he has brought up but it is however hoped that his new trend of good music would not fade again with time