#BumpThis: Mystro’s “Ofege”

July 9, 2019

There’s so much music out there that it’s hard for even the most loyal fans to stay up with their favourite artists or what’s new and hot right now. That’s why we’ve created #BumpThis – a daily series that features the one song you need to listen to, every day. Don’t say we never did anything for you.

If there’s one thing producers-cum-musicians have always had over their peers who are exclusively musicians or exclusively producers, it’s an understanding of how different elements can be streamlined to make a great song.

Since the days when he first came to limelight for crafting hits for Afropop’s finest stars, Mystro has shown this ability in flashes. His latest, “Ofege” is a stripped-down dance song that doesn’t immediately force you to dance.

Inspired by the renewed prominence of adlibs, thanks in part to Zlatan and the new Zanku wave, the song is generously sprinkled with shouts of “City Royal”, “Gbese”, “eh eh” and “oh baby”.

What would an Afropop single be without love, lust and a beautiful woman? Mystro promises his love interest that her satisfaction is guaranteed – “If I catch you baby, e go crazy for your body.” But before they get to that, he wants her to dance at a pace that suits the song’s mid-tempo groove.

The production combines the best of Soca-inspired percussion and Afropop rhythms with SA House melodies. The result is that “Ofege” sits in many pockets. You want to play this one after a tipsy evening with bae, but it’s just as fitting as a soundtrack to the road trips, beach hangouts and parties you’re likely to have this summer.

Listen to Mystro’s “Ofege” here.

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