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Darey’s “Pray For Me” Is The First Contender For Video Of The Year In 2016

Posted by Jim Donnett on May 13, 2016 in Editorial · 24 Comments

The Nigerian entertainment industry has hit that brick wall where it looks like relatively nothing new can come out from the genius minds of Clarence Peters and his cohorts. Nigerian music videos have a unidirectional strategy – it’s either we’re playing turn up in the club (or at some alley in the hustle streets of Lagos) or we go the Nollywood way – drama!

So when we happened upon Darey‘s Pray For Me video off his recent studio compilation release, Naked, and featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir, our excitement heightened. This single is everything and more that an emotive musical piece should be. From the lyrical arrangement to the vocal showcase, the piano chords and the intermittent beating of the gongs; the overall artistic direction on Pray For Me will move you to tears. But if you’re the stoned-heart type, you most certainly will find the goose bump reaction coming from the endodermis of your skin.

The video opens with a father-son dialogue featuring industry veteran, Olu Jacobs (and his wife, Joke Silva who also makes a riveting cameo in the implosive visual. Darey says he’s going to the city. The expression he wears on his contoured face immediately relays defeat, a reluctance to remain in the status quo and an internal struggle to keep moving on, only elsewhere from home. You can see that proper detailing was taken into serious account for this video – Darey’s Nigerwax fabric that was sewn into those traditional regalias of old, the vintage slip-on, his travel pack, the sandy locations and the Volvo 240; evokes sentiments borne out of a prime era but yet defining the sense of class retained in the video. Olu and Joke deliver their theatrical show like iconic taste makers in the art that they have otherwise ascended to becoming in their field. Even the trees that glisten in their greens are an indicators of hope as he journeys away in search of a better pasture. But because nobody said it’ll be easy, Darey applies himself to the typical hurdles one has to scale in life, and the staggering blows it deals as one finds his way to the top.

Pray For Me is so emotionally entertaining and with a gripping edge to it that almost doesn’t let you remember that it’s a 5-minute long video (as against the usual barely 4-minute music videos we’re used to seeing often time). To be honest, as the viewing progressed, I became even more ecstatic to see the name of who put together a dynamic order of slayage into pictures. The play on contrast of colours, close-up shots, aerial pans and the overall video plot adaptation was too much and a very well deserved score. MEX directed it! For him, this feat alone shoots his general ranking by two stars up and it makes him an unquestionable nominee for Oscar Video Director in 2016. Darey on the other hand makes a breaking and timed entry since his video release snags the first contending position for Video of the Year in 2016. It is also without doubt that Darey’s Pray For Me will be pulling rave reviews, encomiums and awards for such adept ingenuity shown. If it doesn’t, then award show companies and voters especially really need to get checked. That one is crystal!

Written by Jim Donnett

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  1. Criously that video deserve AWARD I love him

  2. Its a beautiful video but I still think Falz’s Soldier still has it for now

  3. Best video so far, good message. I prefer this to Falz’s (soldier)

    • If

  4. Soldier was a better video

  5. If darey’s “pray for me” is a contender for video of the year, falz’s “soldier” should also be

  6. I really like it

  7. Falz’s soldier is far better

  8. You people are crazy o…pray for me is a song with message.what was Soldier talking about???pray for me showcases Dareys prowess in music and a great efficacy..Darey is Nigerians number one talent.His vocals are too strong and so perfect.Everything about this video is world class,,,i don’t even care if wins any award,,it has already won my heart and also the heart of so many people in the world.Kudos Darey!you delivered once again..

    • You are d crazy one, we are talking about the video not d song itself and how can u ask what soldier is talking about, i love d music, it makes me laff…..all songs can’t be serious like darey’s pray for me

  9. D video is dope but falz video was all round complete. Still d best Nigerian music video ever for me. In fact I don’t think future videos can beat dat

  10. To me best video and video director of d year. Darey and Mex killed it nt to talk of Uncle Olu and Aunty Joke. Dope video

  11. I still give dat to falz’s soldier

  12. I watched this video. kudos to Darey. this is indeed good. But gentlemen and ladies, this is a regular music video putting the song aside. what differentiates this from Timi dakolo’s leaving home? atleast you can find one to compare it to.

    But Falz killed and carried the video of the year 2016, 2017, and 2018. put the song aside, look at the video there’s non in the industry to compare it with!!!!, the directing the creativity! i can imagine how it wasnt easy to put that masterpiece together. what else do we want?? a young man put 90% music, 98% acting and 99% comedy into a video! what else do we want in life????? I STAND WITH FALZTHEBAHDGUY!!!!! ( i didnt forget Simi sha)

  13. How come no1 mentioned D-banj’s emergency ??

    • Emergency!!!! Are u for real… Joke of the day

  14. Who emergency don epp?

  15. Chaii..Darey ur too much…kudos

  16. God blesd darey for this piece, same way the piece blessed me.

  17. Rolling down of tears on ma face! Am touched with this one.

  18. Okay, I’m not one to be mooning over music videos but something had to be said about Darey’s “Pray for Me”. I had goosebumps watching the video. Hands down the best I’ve seen in a while. Away from all the noise and shouting killing Nigerian music videos these days, this is one sentimental piece that will stay with me for a while. The lyrics, vocals, instrumentals, beautifully delivered. Thumbs up Darey. Keep at it. I’m still rooting for one with you and Alicia Keys.

  19. kudos to darey….Thumbs up

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