Simi, the Nigerian singer, has come through with ‘Woman’, her highly anticipated single.
The less than three-minute track was released on Friday, a few weeks after the #NobodyLikeWoman challenge she originated went viral on social media.
The single borrows extensively from the sound of ‘Water No Get Enemy’, a 1975 song by Fela Kuti, the late African music legend and activist.
In the track, societal and gender stereotypes that have served as limitations to the freedom of women were addressed.
The 32-year-old songwriter also fumes at the way the society has systematically mitigated the roles and activities of women while giving hegemonic stature to their male counterparts.
“Woman don suffer o // Lowo everybody // Suffer suffer for world – Amen // Enjoy for heaven // Man e no like woman // Woman no like woman // She no be like water // Water – E no get enemy // If woman never marry o // Then she no be woman // If woman never carry omo // She no be woman // If she no get man for side o // Dem go dey push woman aside o // And eventually o // Dem go suffer suffer woman,” the singer could be heard singing.
The mother of one had inspired the #NobodyLikeWoman challenge, which brought about the song, to encourage women to open up on societal issues affecting them.
The hashtag that birthed the Afrobeat record had garnered widespread reception among several prominent celebrities including Tonto Dikeh, Iyabo Ojo, Temi Otedola, and Khafi Kareem.
On March 5, the ‘Duduke’ singer had decried the treatment melted on women in the music industry, saying female artistes hardly get away with things as their male counterparts do.
The ‘Joromi’ crooner started her career as a gospel singer. She then released ‘Ogaju’, her debut studio album, in 2008.
Simi has since then continued to pull the strings of fame with significant projects in the music industry.
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