With a legendary solo career spanning more than 15 years in the Nigerian music industry, 2Baba easily boasts one of the more formidable and expansive discographies in the history of Nigerian music. While defining his early sound and style of music with ‘lyrical’ records such as “Nfana Ibaga” and “African Queen”, the longstanding singer has consistently displayed a unique chameleon-like quality that has allowed him to also make more ‘commercial’ music.
His versatility as an artist means that he has touched on a wide array of themes and subjects in his music. And on his latest record, “Importance”, he revisits some of the recurring subjects that are widespread throughout his music including morality, politics, and other societal challenges.
“Importance” sees 2Baba return to his didactic best – a side of him rarely seen in recent times, but one that has always featured prominently on all of his projects. The song’s salsa-influenced, guitar-heavy instrumental, is a perfect complement to the singer’s silvery vocals, bringing an added layer of calm and easy-listening to an otherwise serious song.
While records like “Amaka” are always welcome, it’s refreshing to see 2Baba speak on important issues, knowing that not many artistes can address them in such a compelling and relatable fashion.