When it comes to conversations about Korede Bello, the discourse will largely center around the theme of growth and how this beardless ‘Godwin’ singer, dancing like he had been bit by a scorpion in that video, has now become a full-grown man able to hold meaningful discussions on love and its other paraphernalia.
With this new EP, Table For Two, Bello solidifies his position as an Afropop singer who has during his hiatus from music learnt that music goes beyond having a good voice, being pretty and being signed to a notable record label.
This EP is his first project since 2017 when he released his debut album, Belloved, so Bello has obviously and lucidly had enough time to prepare for this release, where he wants to announce himself as the elegant, quintessential gentleman for his woman.
At least, that’s the first thought you get with one look at the album cover. Think of the bridegroom set and ready for his virgins from the story in the Christian Bible. Okay, wide shot, but you get the analogy though.
Some of the songs from the 5-track EP are hit singles released this year, that have garnered a lot of streams, views on YouTube and use on Chinese app, TikTok. Korede Bello is assuredly living the good life.
Morire is a piano and saxophone-led song, spiced with drums. It is Korede Bello still holding on to his church boy side, where he sings about how the blessings of the creator have found him and have not left him. He sings, “peace of mind/ New beginnings/ For my life, God still dey win oo.”
It is safe to say the portion of Nigerians who have not heard Sun Momi will be the same percentage as those who are not on social media. It’s the first song from Korede Bello in 2020, the one to announce his return and its a beautiful one. Produced by Princeton, it was a good way to announce a return. Korede Bello’s voice syncs beautifully with the instrumental. The church boy is gone and the lover boy takes over.
Hey Baybe continues the story from Sun Momi. Another love song with catchy lyrics that will make any woman swoon. It is aptly written, and towards the ending, the instrumental takes a High Life vibe which makes it all the more appealing. Kudos to the producer for that.
Mi Casa Su Casa is spanish for “what’s mine is yours”. Again, with the drums and the lyrics, it is that couple song to dance to, with the man’s hands holding her waist and hers held tightly around his neck, while they both sway to the song. Korede Bello has learnt the art of making love songs without over-doing it. Brilliant song.
Table for two is the song from which the album takes its name. Personally, I am concerned about the questions, “how about breakfast in Berlin? How about photos in Tokyo? How about party in Paris? Baby, I could buy you Dubai.” Yes, I’m really rethinking this music talent and business.
That said, as a creative, this writer tends to distance himself from the subject of love, either because thee is either the propensity to over do it, which is where you start building castles in Spain, and flying over people’s head. Or there is the dearth of it, where you speak too poorly about it, and it doesn’t look or feel like love, but some shabby, teen-mood swing.
However, Korede Bello has been able to defeat that and create a beautiful work which will appeal more to his female fans than it will to the guys. The album might be a step too forward for someone who is only just returning to music, coupled with the fact that we’re in the season of projects, but it is a good work.
Also, Korede Bello might want to take note to leave his comfort zone. He seems too comfortable on these songs, like something you could record in a week. (Logic recorded a 15-track album in a week, or so he says). His growth will be more evident when he takes on tougher instrumentals and more collaborations. At this point in his career, it seems the most imperative thing to do.