FBA: Broda Shaggi’s Comic and Theatrical display in production of an album
By Adigun Temitope Idealism
Comedy Skit Maker, Samuel A. Perry popularly known as Broda Shaggi came-out of the shell of just being called a comedian to solidify his position as an all-round entertainer through his release of a 5-track Extended Play (EP) titled “Fine Boy Agbero Volume 1.”
The EP which was released on the 23rd of June, 2020 had just one feature artist from the Zanku Records boss, Zlatan, and ever since then, it has welcomed both good and bad reviews from critics.
The DMW entertainer, in an interview with Vanguard Newspaper, said “…I am quite passionate about the arts in general and making this body of work gave me as much joy as acting, comedy, and other forms of entertainment I have been involved in…”
Let’s do a track by track review…
In a quick reminder to his fans that he’s an indigenous Yoruba boy, Shaggi started his first track “Asiko” with a call-out chant. His approach to the track would remind the listeners of Edaoto’s style, delivery, and his Afrogenious band. As the name implies, the song is a quick reminder to people that tomorrow is gonna be better. Shaggi’s vocal display in this song suite the harmonic level of the beat. No doubt, there is a high level of the clean process of production in this very track “Asiko.”
In “Ibadi,” Shaggi started on a tone higher than the previous song and with an Indiana vocal at the background which makes it soothing to the ears. Just the way the name implies, “Ibadi” means “Buttock,” Shaggi focused his delivery on what a pretty lady’s ‘Ibadi’ would do to him, which is apparently to make him go in debt. This is a shallow production which would have been better with a proper and good lyrics.
When you listen to “Fo, ” you would know it is a continuation of the vibe in Burna Boy’s song “Killin Dem” which he featured Zlatan. Without mincing words, the song is mainly a vibe for the street. It is definitely a party vibe that would be good on the dance floor or at the club.
Immediately after the release of the album, “Okoto” became fan’s favourite, not only because Shaggi featured Zanku Records boss, Zlatan but also because of the vibe and the aligned vocal display from the two artists. The track produced by Rexxie is another party vibe that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Though the song lacks proper lyrics, it is, however, a song everybody would want to vibe to.
The last track off the EP, “Gbedu” is a fuji live performance. This track should have been replaced with another song if truly Shaggi worked with an A&R. I still don’t see what this track is doing in the EP.
In conclusion, “Fine Boy Agbero” lacked proper guidance of an A&R and other parties involved in producing a body of work. The EP is a display of Shaggi’s theatrical experience as a comic actor who loves to sing but lacks what it takes to be a musician.