Welcome to a new week! Our crush today is someone “anonymous.” Remember these songs, Konko Below, Gra Gra Never Far Away, Nothing for You, Kuulu Temper?
Ever wondered who the man behind the mask is? We have too. Before you go searching online, here’s what he had to say about this: “People will have the opportunity to see my face when I’m gone.” Bisade Ologunde widely known as Lágbájá which means ‘anonymous’ or ‘faceless one’ in Yoruba.
So many people have pondered on the reason for this identity.
SUURU LERE which means “Patience has its reward” is our pick today from the living legend’s collection of hits.
Listen and Enjoy while you read along –
Well, first, he doesn’t seem to like being in the ‘celebrity’ limelight and prefers a simple life. Secondly, mask and the name depicts the anonymity of the “common man,” those who are considered faceless, voiceless and unrepresented in the society, particularly in Africa. Thus, he does well to address social issues e.g corruption through wit, parables, satire, irony, and puns.
His songs fall under the genre of afrojazz/afrobeat/highlife and a mix of afropop, but he himself considers it to be “AFRICANO.” Lagbaja’s other songs include: Knock Knock Knock’, ‘200 Million Mumu (parts one and three)‘, ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Guide Me O’, ‘Thou Great Jehova’ and ‘Omo Jayejaye.’ Over the years, he has maintained a unique pattern of appearing onstage in traditional African attire, placed high focus on African drums (dundun/gangan, Iya Ilu, sakara, ogido) and conga, all of which no doubt portrays and seeks to preserve the tradition of the Yoruba tribe as his music continues to fascinate fans. “His first album (entitled Lagbaja) was released to national acclaim in 1993. Over the years and more albums later, His music is a product of various influences ranging from traditional Yoruba music to Jazz.Often the music is purely instrumental- an interplay between traditional Yoruba percussion, drums, chants, western instruments.