Addressing Soso lyrics and Omah Lay’s bow to a masquerade

Soso, the best song off Omah Lay’s debut album, Boy Alone, raises a lot of questions. The very infectious but lyrically heart-wrenching piece is depressing and multi-meaningful.

Omah Lay’s Boy Alone album was said to be an account of the singer’s struggle with depression and this reality is very much pronounced particularly on Soso. However, the story takes a new turn with the release of the song visuals.

A distraught Omah Lay, in search for peace, bows before a masquerade multiple times in the song visuals while three different dark feminine figures torment him. The spiritualized video has seen many fans call out Omah Lay for idolatry and demonization. But then, is that so?

Omah Lay’s Soso lyrically, is the confession of a man who claims he has broken “commandments”, prayed to “Mohammed”. He also cannot “stay” in one location which suggests he is being haunted and needs to be on the run till he finds a saviour. This is exactly why the singer needs Soso to “take my pain away”. As infectious as this song is, it is in the position to be argued as the most symbolic Afrobeats song in recent times.

Omah Lay

Who is Soso? And why should Soso take the singer’s pains away? Many critics think the new video has answered these questions. However, the video in correlation to the song lyrics should not be limited to the thoughts of Omah Lay being a cultist, an idol worshipper or even a satanist.

As much as Omah Lay’s message is cryptic on the song, the warning signals sent out is resonant: “try weytin I do if you no dey fear” and “water no get enemy, till you fall for Oshimiri”. These conscious lines accentuate the singer’s regret after his negligence of the warning given to him on “all of the things dem talk, I no dey hear”.

While the ideas the viewers pointed out about the song video cannot be overlooked, the video being directed that way with the intention to get the reaction it is getting now is also worthy of consideration.

Aside that, the visual is also the icing on the cake that gives a complete translation of the mystic wordings of the song lyrics. For so long a time, Nigerians have complained about Afrobeats videos lack of storylines, and Omah Lay’s artistic Soso came to level that pothole.

Sam George Mac is a music journalist known for the reviews of several music albums and songs. He is a singer and songwriter of Afrobeats, Dancehall, Highlife and RnB with the stage name SGM — a graduate of Mass Communication from The West African Union University, Cotonou.

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