Omah Lay: Demystifying Nigeria’s Bad Influence (Article)

Omah Lay is no stranger to the music scene. He is having a fantastic 2020, as his song seems to be on every lips and every chart. Can he keep this fervor?

Omah Lay“If you need a fire, I’ll be a lighter/Please be judge and put me on trial/If you think I’ll hurt you, put me underwater/Take me to court, I don’t need a lawyer/Cause I love, I love you….”

At every step one makes, this is the song that greets you; blaring from speakers, from headphones, and every streaming music site, Omah Lay has made a jam that not only the generation Z will vibe too, but every lover of good music.

In a review of Omah Lay’s Get Layd EP, this writer had written that when the Headie’s Award would be happening, the Damn singer would have quite an easy run, seeing the number of songs he has dropped this year for music lovers to groove to.

Every year, there is always a new artiste out of the block, who suddenly hits gold. In 2019, Joeboy, Fireboy and Rema made it to the big scene and have since maintained their position. 2020 is fast looking like Omah Lay’s year.

Born Omah Stanley Didia in Port-Harcourt in Rivers state. His family had music binding it together, as his grandfather used to play as a percussionist to Celestine Ukwu, the highlife musician who gave hit songs such as Money Palava, and Ije Enu.

Currently signed to Dvpper Music record label, the young man whose Afrobeats music style has a hint of highlife and reggae his proving his uniqueness and versatility on every song he touches.

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Not new to the industry, he had released his first single on 14th of February, 2019 but didn’t get much acclaim until he release You and Bad Influence, before dropping his Get Layd EP which has been enjoying massive airplay.Omah Lay continues to enjoy the support of his fans who gravitate to his music. While he seems to keep a low profile, his music does all the speaking and publicity that he needs for himself. For the young artiste, one of his strongest skills has to be his song writing ability. He writes with a certain clarity and feel that is not associated with mainstream Afro & B singers.

Most times than not, the bulk of ingenious and beautiful song writing is often left to soul, RnB, rap and other such genres. However, with the new crop of artistes making news and dropping tracks daily, the narrative is gradually changing as the pendulum of narrative song writing is becoming a trend with Afrobeats singer.

His recent song, Tonight with DJ Spinall is just one of the many wonders of this young man, creating a solid space for himself in the industry.

Omah Lay has proves himself with the little work he has dropped. What remains is to watch his growth and see where it leads, but until then, Siri, play me Omah Lay’s Lo Lo Lo.Photo Credit: Instagram

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