The new signee for Davido Music Worldwide, Logos Olori, has received a lot of backlash following the release of the music video for “Jaye Lo,” which has a religious undertone that has been misunderstood by many from the Muslim community.
Indeed, the reactions following the release of the music video trailer for the first song, “Jaye Lo,” by one of the two new signings to Davido Music Worldwide, Logos Olori, have been mixed. Some people claimed the scene had a religious undertone. This sparked a discussion on social media, with many users pointing out that they didn’t find anything wrong with the music video.
Following the release of the new song “Jaye Lo,” the head of Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), David Adeleke, aka Davido, and his signee, Olamilekan Taiwo, aka Logos Olori, have stirred up controversy online. Friday saw Davido share a 45-second snippet of the new video on Instagram, which has since caused tongues to start wagging. Numerous Muslim followers have condemned the video as offensive and are now demanding a retraction while threatening to sue the artist. In the contentious scene, some men were depicted as praying mallams who were instead dancing in front of a mosque. Some Muslim adherents have since found this dancing act to be offensive.
According to Ahmad Ganga, a personal assistant in the Federal House of Representatives, this is offensive because Davido and his signee in this scene portrayed Muslims as idiots, arguing that the mosque is a place of prayer, not a dance club. Ganga tweeted:
“An artist who demonstrated that Muslims play and dance in the mosque instead of performing prayer to portray Muslims as morons.”
A thorough investigation of social media revealed that most tweets about the contentious video denounced the singer and posed threats to his life. In a previous tweet, Ganga said:
“First of all, I’ve unfollowed you, reported you, and deleted all your songs from my phone. While I condemn your hateful incitement against Islam and Muslims, I encourage my fellow Muslims to do the same to set standards to prevent future occurrences. Moreover, let’s meet in court!.”
I expect @OfficialDSSNG to call @davido to order since the insensitive content he shared on his pageantry to defame Islam is igniting fury and rage in the minds of Muslims across all Muslim communities. This is a matter of national security.
— Ahmad Ganga (@AhmadGanga) July 22, 2023
Despite Davido’s silence on the subject, supporters and allies have started to stand up for the musician by sharing clips of videos like this one that were widely distributed in Muslim-majority nations without incident. These supporters argue that the videos being shared are not offensive or disrespectful and that it is important to respect freedom of expression. They believe that Davido should not be held responsible for the reactions of others, especially when he did not intend to cause any harm or offence.
A social media user Engr Christian, citing Asake’s “Bandana” video as an example, tweeted:
“Dis is Asake a Yoruba Muslim that used the church to sing the Christian didn’t call the Wrath of God on him cos we understand its entertainment but this idi0ts called Arewa Twitter won’t let Davido brief cos he used mosque. Wrath of Allah is only for almajiri’s make una wake up.”
To rally Muslims behind Davido, one claimed that the video was shot outside the mosque rather than in its interior, which is considered a sacred space. Her tweet read:
The video Davido promoted was made outside the mosque. Why all the Thump.”
Other Users also drummed their support, insisting nothing was wrong with the video.
pic.twitter.com/xXLSGg3XNG. "Davido should delete the Jaye lo video because it's a disrespect to Islam"
But here is a video of Muslims dancing in the Mosque…
Stop allowing religion to take your sense of reasoning. Liberate your minds .,,