Blessed (Flavour N'abania album)

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Blessed
Blessed-Flavour N'abania.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 2012
GenreIgbo highlife
Length60:53
Label2nite Entertainment
Producer
Flavour N'abania chronology
Uplifted
(2010)
Blessed
(2012)
Thankful
(2014)
Singles from Blessed
  1. "Kwarikwa (Remix)"
    Released: July 31, 2012
  2. "Baby Oku"
    Released: October 5, 2012
    (video release)
  3. "Shake"
    Released: December 24, 2012
  4. "Chinny Baby"
    Released: February 27, 2013
  5. "Ada Ada"
    Released: June 30, 2013

Blessed is the third studio album by Nigerian singer Flavour N'abania. It was released on October 18, 2012, by 2nite Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from Wizboyy and Fally Ipupa. Its production was handled by Masterkraft, Wizzboy, Selebobo, MJay, Del B, J Stunt and Dekumzy.[1] The album was supported by five singles: "Kwarikwa (Remix)", "Baby Oku", "Shake", "Chinny Baby" and "Ada Ada".[2] To celebrate the release of the album, Flavour launched his nightclub called 2nite, located in Enugu State. He invited Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Kcee and Bracket to partake in 2nite's grand opening.

Singles[edit]

On July 31, 2012, Flavour released the album's lead single "Kwarikwa" (Remix), featuring vocals from Fally Ipupa. The song's music video was shot and directed in the United States by Godfather Production. Fally Ipupa's scenes were shot in a studio, while the rest of the video was shot at residential locations. Masterkraft also made a cameo appearance in the video.[3]

On October 5, 2012, Flavour released "Baby Oku" as the album's second single. The music video for the song was shot and directed by Antwan Smith in Miami, Florida. At the beginning of the video, several sky scrapers were shown; the caption "Somewhere off the Coast of Miami" is also shown on the screen.

The album's third single "Shake" was released on December 24, 2012. Produced by Del B, its music video was shot in South Africa by Godfather Production.[4][5][6] On February 27, 2013, Flavour released "Chinny Baby" as the album's fourth single. The accompanying music video for the song was shot and directed by Trademark Pictures in Cape Town, South Africa.

The album's fifth single "Ada Ada" was released simultaneously with its music video on June 30, 2013.[7] It peaked at number 14 on Afribiz's Top 100 Music Chart.[8] The song celebrates traditional weddings across the African continent. Flavour describes it as a song made to showcase the beauty of Africa, particularly African women. Nigerian actor John Okafor and reality TV star Nwachukwu Uti made cameo appearances in the video.[9] The music video for "Ada Ada" won Video of the Year, Best High Life Video, Best Indigenous Concept and Best Use of Costumes at the 2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Blessed was met with mixed reviews from music critics. Ogagus Sakpaide of TooXclusive gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, adding that Flavour "takes the bulls by the horn by diving deeper into the ocean of highlife with Blessed." He also stated that many may argue that the album is "tiresome, beer palour-ish and too eastern".[2] Tayo Ayomide of Nigerian Entertainment Today gave the album 3 stars out of 5, stating, "Sometimes Flavour’s album sounds a tad bit repetitive. While he shows dexterity on Blessed some of his producers don’t - which gives the LP a slight been here-heard that feeling....While there are a lot of one dimensional acts in the game now, Flavour’s mastery of many genres has allowed him produce an LP worth listening to. And that, is what makes him blessed."[1]

Accolades[edit]

Blessed was nominated for Album of the Year and Best R&B/Pop Album at The Headies 2013.[11] It was also nominated for Best Album of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[12]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Album of the Year Nominated
2013 The Headies Album of the Year Nominated
Best R&B/Pop Album Nominated

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Baby Oku"Dekumzy3:56
2."Ikwokrikwo" 3:42
3."Chinny Baby"Masterkraft4:04
4."Skit by Waga G" 0:11
5."Shake"Del B3:56
6."To Be A Man" 4:52
7."Ada Ada"Selebobo3:53
8."Destiny" 4:00
9."Black is Beautiful" 3:40
10."Skit" (featuring Waga G, Oloye & Flavour) 1:37
11."Ifem N'eli" 3:27
12."Sweet Tomatoes" 3:29
13."I Don't Care" (featuring Wizboy)Wizboy3:26
14."Chewe Kwem" 3:51
15."Carolina" 3:36
16."Baby Oku (Dance)"J Stunt3:43
17."Kwarikwa" (featuring Fally Ipupa)Masterkraft3:42
18."Beverly" 1:42

Release history[edit]

Country/Digital platform Date Version Format Label
  • Nigeria
  • iTunes
October 18, 2012 Standard 2nite Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Boye, Don. "ALBUM REVIEW: FLAVOUR – BLESSED "IS THE PRINCE TRULY BLESSED?". TooXclusive. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Tayo, Ayomide. "Blessed: Flavour is a man of many styles [Album Review]". The Net Ng. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: FLAVOUR – BLESSED "IS THE PRINCE TRULY BLESSED?". tooxclusive.com. TOOXCLUSIVE. October 23, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "New Video: Flavour – Shake". Jaguda. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  5. ^ "VIDEO: Flavour – Shake". NotJustOk. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Flavour – Shake". tooclusive. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Flavour – Ada Ada [Official Video]". Afrobeat360. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Afribiz Charts - Top 100". Afribiz. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Exclusive Video: Flavour – Ada Ada Behind The Scenes". africanmuzikmag. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  10. ^ "NIGERIA MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (NMVA 2013) WINNERS LIST". Tooxclusive. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  11. ^ "The Headies 2013 - View Nominees List". Notjustok. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  12. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2014). "Pop duo, Skuki, reject Nigerian Entertainment Awards nomination". Premium Times. Retrieved 1 June 2014.