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Beyond Theory: Musicologist Dr. Osa Mbonu-Amadi Takes to the Stage with “Ngwongwo”

Beyond Theory: Musicologist Dr. Osa Mbonu-Amadi Takes to the Stage with “Ngwongwo”. Musicologist and composer, Dr Osa Mbonu-Amadi has released a highlife single titled Ngwongwo. Translated as pepper soup in English Language, an Igbo word which is an assorted spicy meat dish, is metaphorical expression by the artiste urging the diversely talented Nigerian youths to look inwards and channel their energies in the right direction.

A combination of highlife and Afrobeats, the song is nostalgic of the good old day of highlife music of the 60s to the 90s ‘when boys were men’, hence its transgenerational appeal to the elderly folks, and the younger Afrobeats fans, despite its Igbo lyrics.

“Highlife music right from the beginning is best served in our indigenous language. This is what made great songs by legends as Victor Olaiya, Cardinal Rex Lawson, Eddy Okonta, Orlando Julius, Osita Osadebe, Jimi Solanke, E.A Arinze and others impactful and evergreen,” said music impresario, Elder Dan Olufemi in his review of the song.

Osa, also a media practitioner discovered his creative early in life, and with the support of his parents Barrister and Mrs Mbonu-Amadi develop them. Released by an independent label, Ngwongwo is accessible on all music streaming platform including Spotify, Boomplay, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Music, Deezer, TouTube Music, Napster, Anghami among others.

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