Song Review: “Soso” By Omah Lay
"Colors of Pain: A Journey Through Omah Lay's Soso
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Omah Lay – Omah Lay
- Genre: Afrobeats
- Date: 15 Jul, 2022
- Content: Not-explicit
- Region: NGA
- Track(s): 11 of 14
- ℗ 2022 KeyQaad
Omah Lay’s most recent release, “Soso,” proves the Nigerian singer-songwriter’s skill in fusing Afrobeats with unfiltered passion. The song’s meaning, anguish, vulnerability, and desire for relief are masterfully portrayed in the music video Top Shotta directed. The images are intriguing, and the artist uses strong symbolism to depict his trials and difficulties, allowing the listeners to identify with his emotional journey.
Omah Lay is shown in the opening of the video kneeling, bound by ropes, wearing all white, and surrounded by three African women holding what appear to be calabashes. We get a feeling of the song’s transformational power as they continue to cover him with vibrant paint. African dancers surround Omah Lay in a skillfully coordinated motion that gives the video an ethereal sense and draws the viewer into the artist’s cries for help from his suffering.
Omah Lay’s ability to express his narrative through moving lyrics and a catchy tune is demonstrated in the song “Soso”. He is able to discuss his past troubles as well as the difficulties of popularity and influence in the song. The numerous sequences in the video, such as the traditional spiritual baptism-like process with paint and the masquerade reflecting the influence of a deity, encapsulate the essence of his journey. It is an unvarnished and sincere depiction of the artist’s inner agony.
The fact that the song is included on Omah Lay’s debut album, “Boy Alone,” which has received over 675 million listens globally, further contributes to the song’s success. The album offers evidence of the musician’s quick ascent to fame and his unquestionable talent.
However, despite its compelling visuals and potent storytelling, “Soso” falls short in one area: the artist’s lack of directness. Omah Lay did not tell a clear story in the visuals, Fans are left with unanswered questions regarding the deeper meaning of the song, even though his talent gives them a window into his life. Omah Lay’s listeners would benefit from knowing more about his background since it would help them relate to his music and appreciate the suffering and sensitivity he expresses in his lyrics.
The “Soso” song by Omah Lay is a superbly composed tune complemented by a visually spectacular and meaningful music video. It demonstrates the artist’s ability to use his art to tell a captivating story and elicit strong feelings. Fans, however, are left with a sense of wonder and unresolved concerns due to the lack of transparency regarding the song’s creative inspiration. We can only hope that Omah Lay would share more of his story with us as fans so that we may feel a stronger connection to his music and talent.