Aṣa is one of my favourite artistes. From her voice and singing style to her lyrics and backing tracks, there is something very soothing about her songs. “Awé” is one of those songs by Aṣa that makes me feel calm and peaceful.
I learned the lyrics of “Awé” a long time ago, but I never knew what they meant until recently when I came across this brilliant article by Gbenga Awomodu.
“Awé” is a Yorùbá ballad that tells the story of a young prince, Waheed, who causes calamity in his home when he impregnates a woman old enough to be his mother. The song tells the story from his aunt’s point of view, as she describes the events and ensuing commotion in the house of the Oba (King) as a result of the young prince’s actions.
The concept of “Awé” makes me feel very nostalgic (I always say I must have been a Yorùbá princess in a previous life because I really feel like I can relate to stories set in rural Yorùbá land!). The lyrical analysis in Gbenga’s article made me fall in love with this song even more, so I am very excited to make a cover of it.
I was initially going to pre-record my cover in a studio, but lately I’ve been obsessed with live performances so I decided to give it a go! The instrumentals for this cover was made by Promise Chime, and the video was shot by Uviboy. You can watch the video below or on YouTube.
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