When you talk about talented vocalists in Nigeria who have people in their feelings with their songs, one name must make the list, Omawumi Megbele.
In 2007, Omawumi emerged as the runner up of the premier edition of the now rested Idols West Africa reality TV show. She might not have won the show but her career was only beginning with hits songs released by her in later years.
The Soulful vocalist hit the music scene officially with her debut single “In The Music” in 2008 and later dropped her album Wonderwoman on November 11, 2009.
Over the years, Omawumi has managed to make a name for herself in an industry that is mostly dominated by mainstream Afropop artists.
The singer clocked another age on the 13th of April prompting us to take you down memory lane with 5 of her songs which you have on repeat.
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If You ask Me
If You Ask Me might be overwhelmed by musical instruments ensemble which includes Trumpets, piano and heavy drum beats but underneath lies an important message that reflects one of the epidemic ravaging Nigeria’s society.
“If you ask me, Na who I go ask’ Omawumi sings in the chorus when being presented with a story of a girl made pregnant by her own father. The song is a call to action.
The song is produced by Cobhams Asuquo, one of the most influential figures in Nigerian contemporary music.
Bottom Belle ft Flavour
One of her most popular song, “Bottom Belle” samples from the song of the name of Igbo Highlife star, Sunny Bobo.
Omawumi’s version is however Afro highlife and found appeal even among people of different tribes. Featuring Flavour was a good decision as he brought his unique approach to Highlife to the song.
In the Music
“In the Music” is the song that shot Omawumi to fame and her debut single. The song is a classic and one of her hit songs to date.
The song is filled with vibes and explains why music is a stress reliever.
“Megbele” is a celebration of culture, ancestry and roots. In the song, Omawumi sings in her local dialect praising her roots and honouring her parents and her ancestry.
It is a combination of electrifying drums, well-organized lyrics, and amazing delivery from Omawumi.
The song is derived from her maiden surname and is dedicated to her late father, Chief Dr Frank Amirejoritse Megbele.
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Off her 2019 EP, “In My Feelings“, “Without you” sees Omawumi deliver mid-powerful vocals on this classic tune that will make a date perfect. On this record she doesn’t want to leave her lover cos he means the world.