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Not since Wande Coal has an audience and artists alike been as voracious in their praise of an upstart as they are of Oxlade, the 22-year singer from Surulere who made “Shugar” and “Causing Trouble” w/ Dj Tunez.
The horns and backing vocals on “Legend” sound like what happens when a Jon Bellion OST meets the women of a Nigerian church choir. The melody created is fitting because of Oxlade’s against all odds story.
One of the best things about Oxlade and thus this song is that he sings like he has no other option. Passion oozes when he sings painfully about being rebuffed by his family for choosing music over more formal professions – “Family no wan gree make I do music, Them say which of my
And like the melody and the backing vocals, the songwriting elevates the entire song -“No be me
Oxlade’s “Legend” drips with a certain self-awareness of his promise. He says he recorded it in 2017 – before his more popular hit, “Shugar” which makes it even more poignant. Self-assurance never sounded so good.
It’s time to talk about Oxlade.
Listen to Oxlade’s “Legend” here.