5 Times Domestic Violence Inspired Nigerian Musicians
Domestic violence is a reoccurring theme both in the celebrity sphere and in everyday life.
But though many Nigerians prefer to follow the trend of ‘feel good music’ where theme is irrelevant; because all that is needed is a good beat, a handful of artistes have taken a stand through their music to preach against domestic violence.
In no particular order, here's a list of 5 songs that have been inspired by domestic violence.
1. Waje – So Inspired
The talented singer Waje dropped a promotional single featuring female rapper Muna titled ‘So Inspired’ in 2011.
Waje used the song to encourage women who are in violent relationships to motivate themselves and work at reaching their goals in life.
2. M.I, Eldee, Omawunmi, Waje – Violence against Women
The 4 artistes in partnership with an NGO released a free album titled Violence Against Women.
The album contained 4 tracks including 'Real Man' performed by M.I Abaga, 'Good Man' by Eldee, 'Enough is Enough' by Omawunmi and 'New Morning' by Waje, which focused on the qualities of a woman and domestic violence.
In 'Good Man' performed by Eldee, he gave rules of respecting a woman rapping ''Three rules: never raise a hand to hurt a single hair/ Rule number two: listen to her like you care/ Rule number three is more important than the others, it’s simple: respect every woman like your mother.’'
3. Reminisce – Ponmile
TIME Magazine has called him one of the ‘Seven World Rappers You Should Meet’. With 4 albums under his belt, Reminisce scored a hit with his new single titled ‘Ponmile’ which translates loosely into ‘Honour me’.
The song touches on jealousy, broken commitment and an abusive relationship with a befitting video accompanying it.
4. Korede Bello -Let Him Go
Mavin Record artist, Korede Bello addresses domestic violence in a comical and light mode in the song ‘Let Him Go’. He encourages any woman who is suffering from physical abuse in a relationship to get out of it as she is jollof rice.
‘Man wey dey beat you, let him go o…. let him know that you deserve the best, let him know that you worth nothing less’ he rapped.
5. Cobhams Asuquo ft. Falz – Boosit
This track generally addresses societal issues.
However, in the second verse, Falz lends his bars to the topic of domestic violence.
‘Wife beater like your Popsi, striking resemblance… kill me for my mama, already with your bare hands… every single night, you are drunk as a skunk/when you come through the door, you say what’s up with a punch” he says.