The TX Jury wishes y’all, our very esteemed viewers and fans a very fulfilling 2015 year with possibilities and establishments on every side. To kick off, our first review this week features the uber amazing Starboy, Wizkid in the video to his widely popular street hit, Ojuelegba off his second studio album, AYO (Joy) and multi-talented Banky W whose dynamism in the creative arts division, has ascended to the reigns of visual directing for Mercy.
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Jim Donnett’s Verdict
There’s too many things I like about this video. First, the ‘lowkey’ factor that was represented scores major points and the overall minimalist concept very well compliments it to the end. Ojuelegba is the Wizkid story that mirrors his ascension to self glory. Thus, as against a wanton show off of materialistic accomplishments and skimpily dressed vixens trolling around the video, Ojuelegba opted for a visible and particularly relatable approach that captivates the viewer with it’s bold message and Wizkid communicating a sense of empathy.
This is Wizkid most humble video. Would explain why I said that in the next paragraph. Ojuelegba to me is Wizkid best song on his latest album “AYO’’. It transcends Wizkid life as an artiste still struggling to make it big to when he eventually achieved that dream and it also talks about his challenges on his journey to stardom and the prayers from his mum on his chosen carrier. Clarence Peter was able to play around with little and simple settings and props to achieve this brilliant video.
Ok going back on what I earlier said about this video being Wizkid most humble video, I would explain. From the beginning of the video you would realize that it started from the street of Ojuelegba and Wizkid emerge from a corner of a street. Wizkid had no blings on just his stud and he enters a Danfo(bus). The next scene was where Wizkid went to his supposed study ‘’Moduck studio“. We can see that the study didn’t look like the usual study. It’s actually a simple studio. It is not every day we see Wizkid seating down and eating eba or is it pounded yam with his dudes. There aren’t the usual half naked girls with big cars and blings but instead we get to see another side of Wizkid, the humble side if you ask me. I like the dance Wizkid did in the corridor of the studio where he tried dancing like Fela, it’s actually cool.
The video was simple but it gave it a magic touch that any other video won’t give it. I like the transcension of the video from the street of Ojuelegba to the studio. There was also very little props used and I like the dark setting used in the studio scene. It’s a YEYEYEYE for me.
aL Yhusuff’s Verdict
He further said “Wizkid’s dressing is classy and doesn’t represent the struggle”. Let me explain. Wizkid was dressed in an all black attire that represents the struggle. Black is a mournful or dull colour. Finally he said, “the video is too simple”. Indirectly, I know he meant the booty shaking girls. This song doesn’t call for booty shaking. The video is good and represented all that the audio expressed. Simplicity is the key.
Jim Donnett’s Verdict
Banky is a man of many parts and his talents excite me. Not only is he a fine-ass singer, he’s “not even a rapper though” and now he just added another star to his rank for the directing feat on his Mercy video, which depicts the kind of creative prowess every musician should have basic knowledge of in order to better their craft. In a little over 5 minutes, Mr Wellington picturizes the travails and ills associated with a class of social living by painting scenarios that aptly befit his emotion-laden vocals while singing out loud, “have mercy”.
It will interest you to know that this is Banky’s first shot at a directing gig and being the impressively artistic person that he is, he surpassed expectations.
Oh!!! I’m short of words. What a classic video from Banky W. I am highly impressed with the quality of the video. The video portrayed the full message of the song. I like the fact that Banky brought some professionalism to the song in shooting a dramatic video to pass the message of the song across.
The location of the video which was shot in New York was a perfect setting for the video. The video was able to bring out the aesthetic beauty of the song. The story of the movie was well expressed and it had a perfect ending where the three main characters got to repent for their wrong doings in a church. The movie which was written and directed by Banky W tries to point out that in every point of our lives we must have done something bad but we should always learn to go to God for mercy.
I must also commend the song itself because Banky W prowess in his vocal delivery was quite impressive. This is a very good song and video, Banky once again proves that he is an embodiment of creativity and talent.
aL Yhusuff’s Verdict
Personally, I know this is a good job but there are one or two fall backs which I noticed but won’t be stating.