In what appears to be a chaotic rollercoaster of a year, Seyi Vibez’s 2023 seems more like a smoke-and-mirrors act than a genuine rise to fame. After rounding off 2022 with the deluxe version of ‘Billion Dollar Baby,’ Seyi Vibez entered the new year with the ‘Memory Card’ EP, attempting to channel gritty street vibes.
But the surprise factor doesn’t end there. In an oddly speedy display of productivity, Seyi Vibez unleashed not one but two albums within a mere 20 days, coupled with impactful guest appearances. Now, as he attempts to conclude the year with a bang, Seyi Vibez drops yet another bombshell – the EP titled ‘NAHAMciaga,’ a self-indulgent celebration of a supposedly remarkable year.
Pulled from the memorable line in ‘Hushpuppi,’ Seyi Vibez claims to showcase a unique fusion of Yoruba roots with street vibes in this 5-track EP. However, as the EP unravels, it becomes a subject of undeniable scrutiny, facing stark criticism for occasional poor execution, especially in production and arrangement.
A recurring criticism of Seyi Vibez’s music centers on its alleged lack of musicality. Rooted in Yoruba indigenous music, White Garment Christian tunes, and his Islamic background, Seyi Vibez’s distinctive style often leans toward a form of recitation or chant, accompanied by Amapiano log drums. This prompts serious doubts about the longevity of his music, questioning if it’s just a momentary satisfaction for listeners.
The EP seemingly attempts to address these concerns, notably in the opening track ‘Different Pattern,’ where Seyi Vibez samples melodies from Yoruba Highlife legend Orlando Owoh. While this Highlife venture radiates sonic richness, it also reveals Seyi Vibez’s struggle to craft a melody suitable for an ‘Owambe’ party starter.
Although ‘NAHAMciaga’ supposedly showcases Seyi Vibez’s evolution and versatility, it doesn’t escape a barrage of flaws. The ‘Apala Interlude’ and ‘Shazam’ both suffer from execution mishaps, signaling a desperate need for fine-tuning in arrangement and attention to detail. Despite these glaring hiccups, the EP is portrayed as a reflection of Seyi Vibez’s artistic growth, attempting to offer listeners new music to savor.
In a year where street music took the helm in Nigeria’s music scene, Seyi Vibez emerges as a central figure. As Afrobeats continues to morph in 2024, Seyi Vibez’s talent and mainstream success are provocatively positioned as either a key player in the future of Street music or a fleeting spark within the genre. Controversies and flaws notwithstanding, Seyi Vibez continues to wield influence, leaving the audience to question the authenticity of his supposed ascent in the vibrant landscape of Afrobeats.”