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For your summer afternoon on a balcony or in a backyard, The Lagos Music Salon is generous with sensual songs of love or courting. “Ginger Me” invites a boy to flatter, seduce, and lure the narrator as slowly, gently, and intelligently as possible. Otis Brown’s slippery funk beat makes it feel like the perfect push-pull of an invitation, and the band and three background singers color the melody with shadows of harmony—like eye make-up only noticeable when the light hits a woman’s face perfectly. “Ankara Sundays” is a shade darker, telling a tale of how lace and a smile might help a woman “forget about things for a while”, but the turning, wheel-within-a-wheel groove of drums, muted guitar, and electric bass makes the song feel like a rising spiral of hope.The coolest sex song here is “Akobi: Firstborn S(u)n”. Beautifully swung horns lock in with a drum pattern that is infectious, the bass line is elastic and a chorus sung in Yoruba (one of several native languages to Nigeria) make this a confection in every sense.
Lagos also boasts songs that raise your consciousness rather than other parts of you.
The plight of women in Nigeria was clearly on Somi’s mind during her time as a Lagos resident. “Four African Women” paints chilling portraits over a stunning bass line, and Somi does not shy away from words as weighted as “genocide”, but she does so with a sense that this culture and land—flawed to be sure—offers compensations like all rich, complex places. And the music, complex in how it weaves its sense of pulse, reinforces this complexity.
But that is the great strength of The Lagos Music Salon. It is a joyful burst of beauty in rhythm, harmony, and melody even as it tells stories that bend simplicity.
~ Will Layman, popmatters