Introduction: There is one thing that comes to mind when you hear the song with this chorus:
“Ewurade bɛgye steer no oo
Na ’me, maabor oo
Menhu ade oo
Mere yɛ ma lock oo!”
Drunk driving! That is exactly what Kofi Kinaata’s latest ‘Confession,’ the hottest song at the moment, talks about.
Beat and Instrumentation: The mid-tempo song, done in key E Minor, is
nicely produced by Kin Dee. The beat is very danceable with a simple
baseline and a kick pattern of 1/1 time signature.
Genre: There are debates about the true genre of ‘Confessions,’
stemming from its not-so-distinct rhythm, instrumentation and style of
singing. ‘Confessions’ is not hip life. The beat/instrumentation does
not evoke the indigenous highlife qualities but it still bears prominent
streaks of the highlife groove than hiplife. The rap constitutes a
minute portion of the entire composition – hence ‘Confessions’ leans
more towards highlife than hiplife. On a scale of 0 to 10, in testing
the ‘highlife eligibility’ of the song, I place it at 6.
The Singing: Kofi Kinaata is not the Akwaboah or Kwabena Kwabena type
of singer. He is a singer who basically sings to key, rhythm and notes.
However, his style of singing catches on well with different strands of
people because it is simple and easy to relate to. He exudes that
characteristic in ‘Confessions.’ Kofi’s ability to rap and sing is a
feather in his cup. There is a reason Sarkodie mostly features singers
on his songs; melodies speak the ‘universality of music’ language more
than rap. That is why it is easy to appreciate a piece of music SANG in
Swahili more than a RAP MUSIC done in the same language (that is, if you
don’t understand Swahili).
The Rap: The rap is short and catchy. It is embroidered with wit and
creativity. The word play alone is a plus! In fact, it is good he did
only one verse of rap. Otherwise, it might have marred the beauty of the
entire ‘sweet’ melodies sang through the verses.
Style and Message: There is always a way of breaking monotony if you
are an art person. Different art forms and styles are available to
explore. In ‘Confession,’ there is a character (played by Kofi Kinaata)
telling a story in the first person narrative.
The character, drunk after a Friday night hangout at the club, calls
on God to take the steering wheel of his car because he can’t see well
and cannot drive back home. He tells how he habitually roams about
living debauched lifestyle.
A Party Song for Drunkards?: It will not be surprising if ‘boozers’
jam to the song more than the ordinary music lover because it mirrors
the exact life of a drunkard and their affinity to the song is no
That notwithstanding, Kofi at the end of the song, advises people not
to drink and drive. That is basically the moral of the whole
presentation couched in the composition.
Conclusion: Kofi is creative. ‘Confessions’ confesses the great
talent Kofi Kinaata possesses. The song should be adopted by the
National Road Safety Commission as a road safety campaign song. I rate
Click on the link below and listen to ‘Confessions’ by Kofi Kinaata, produced by Kin Dee.