Bisola Alawode discusses the
success of Korede Bello’s hit single and why he
shouldn’t bother recording a remix for it
Korede Bello » must be on cloud nine. His
song Godwin is currently Nigeria’s most popular
song. So popular is it that some have even gone
as far as saying it is now the de facto anthem of
Nigerians all over the world. With this one song,
he has achieved what every musician actively
aims for. It is also important to note that this
song is actually Korede’s second or third single
as a professional musician. With this, he has
joined the likes of Davido, Kiss Daniel and
Patoranking as musicians who through one
single attained ‘superstar status’ or in his own
unique case, ‘mega superstar status’.
I did not fully appreciate how popular the song
was until almost all politicians who emerged
victorious during the just concluded elections
adopted it as their ‘unofficial victory anthem’.
Akinwunmi Ambode, governor elect of Lagos
state is said to be especially fond of the song. In
fact, it was the song of choice when he and APC
party stalwarts gathered at the party
headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos to celebrate his
victory at the polls.
With all the plaudits the song has gotten, I would
like to sound a note of warning to Korede and
Mavin Records. Leave the song as it is. Please
do not remix it. Do not get me wrong, I’m not
saying remixing the song will be a bad thing, I
just feel it would be unnecessary to make a
Godwin remix. Some might argue that a remix
might actually make the song last longer in the
minds of music lovers. An example to support
this case would be Patoranking’s Girlie O ft.
Tiwa Savage . The remix was so good that most
people forgot about the original. But let us also
not forget that major hit songs like Oritsefemi’s
Double Wahala Iyanya ’s Kukere , Davido’s Dami
duro, Olamide’s First Of All, and Kiss Daniel ’s
Woju had remixes that were considered outright
failures in every sense. Even though they all
featured ‘A list’ musicians like Akon, Dbanj, Tiwa
Savage and Davido.
Though Korede might not realise it, he has made
a song that would be around for a long, long
time. You know your song is a hit when you are
invited to perform it in churches. Though some
pastors might consider it a ‘secular’ song.
Also in all this, one must not forget Don Jazzy’s
input in all this. He remains like the proverbial
wine that gets better with time. 3 of his new
school artistes (Korede, Reekado Banks and
Di’Ja ) all have songs topping the charts
currently. Other acts signed to his Mavin records
like Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid and D’Prince are also
doing well. Kudos to him.
One can only hope Korede develops on the
success of Godwin and keep giving us good
music. We wouldn’t want him to turn into a ‘one
This article was written by ‘Bisola Alawode .
‘Bisola is a journalist and PR consultant. He can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org