#Review: Darey’s ‘Pray for Me’

#Review: Darey’s ‘Pray for Me’

Mfonobong Akpan

I decided to look up twitter to see what I’ve missed and I find that so many people are tweeting about Darey’s new song – Pray for Me. I hadn’t heard the song but from the reaction/feedback on twitter, people seemed to love it; they had nothing but beautiful things to say about the song.

Naturally my expectations were raised, and I silently hoped it wouldn’t be dashed when I finally listened – you would agree that most times when there is a lot of hype in this industry you end up being disappointed beyond repair.

With much expectation, I eventually listened to the song and from the begining, I started to give a nod of approval – you know the one that says, wow!

The tempo is a departure from the up-beat tune we are used to; it’s refreshing.

The song is a brilliant juxtaposition of modern and traditional music, seen in his mixture of soul and afro tunes; English and Yoruba languages and traditional and modern instruments, making the song appealing and relevant to all generations.

‘Pray for Me’ features the five-time Grammy award nominated, two-time Grammy award winning and one Emmy award winning Soweto Gospel Choir, who leave you salivating.

Darey assumes the role of a traditional folk story teller relating the story of a young boy who decides to leave his home to seek new paths in the city despite his father’s warning that life in the city is a difficult one. Rather he asks his father to pray for him. He leaves anyway but soon realises that his father was right afterall. He writes home seeking forgiveness from his father.

This song reminds me of the story of the prodigal son in the bible (Luke 15:11-32), who leaves the comfort of his father’s kingdom with his share of riches to enjoy the world but soon realises the world isn’t as friendly as he thought. The younger son, after wasting his fortune returns home with the intention of begging his father. Regardless, his father receives him with open arms.

Not many songs in the Nigerian music scene today tell a story; has a message. It’s more about singing about the objectification of the women folk,cash and alchohol.

‘Pray For Me’ is a story of triumph. The hero is hopeful. It relays a positive, relevant and inspirational message. The rhythmically infused, yet soulful recording blends perfectly with Darey’s signature classic vocals takes the audience through a picturesque journey.

The song ignites emotions that gets you thinking. Yes, I agree Darey has once again, as always, ‘killed it’ with ‘PRAY FOR ME’.
A perfect video I expect.

My only disappointment…it stopped playing.

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