Nollywood is notorious for its franchise leaning when it comes to releasing movies to the general public. Being precise has never being an attribute of the average Nigerian– excess sits well in our DNA. it translates into pictorial and non-pictorial aspects of our lives. It’s our pride. Some may take it as a valuable characteristic to be painstaking and detailed in our dealings. From the length of our policy documents to speeches of political office holders to the preamble/preface of our books to the introductory paragraph of university examination papers to how we discipline kids with words (start with proverbs, roll around the subject for minutes, turn to the dazed party, then hit the bull’s eye). Elaborate. Explain. Discuss. Explore. Examine. Analyse. Review. The mind is tricky at times; being conscientious is possibly the safest way to get work done, here.
Get to your favorite film retailer. Pick up a Nigerian movie, with the title calling out to you. Pay. Watch. Excited. Pictures cut midway. “To God Be The Glory”. “Watch Out For Part 2”. Repeat exercise. Routine. But, this time begins with shock that there is a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh offering? Mouth Zion Film Ministry really did a number (literally) on us with Agbara Nla/Ultimate Power; Isaakaba, too. We love to hate, and hate to love these excesses.
There is a philosophy to these acts– Life is not simple!
Let me say this; it’s almost impossible to redo a classic, or match a seminal project, or make a good ‘republish’- get inspired from a ready made. Jay-Z once said “You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song” after getting inspired by Nas’ “The World Is Yours” for “Dead Presidents II.” Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” title was from a Yeats’ poem.
Inspiration is not synonymous with plagiarism.
So, when Falz born Folarin Falana decided to name his track after the ’96 classic movie flick, it was a risky business.
Karishika was a paranormal movie back in the 1990s. The Christian Onu-directed horror flick blended religiosity and fiction brilliantly. Karishika, Queen of demons…she will take your soul to hell when you die. The album art for the Part I was Becky Okorie-inspired.
“Kill her with the flow ‘cos nobody sicker, the money and fame now coming quicker” Falz crafts his own soundtrack, a modern take of the original. With Sess’ dark production layered with ambient chants of ‘Hey’ reminiscent of DJ Mustard and Phyno’s hard hitting lines, Chigurl shows up with the benediction. The hard bass synth-production is perhaps the hardest mainstream Hip-Hop record released this year.
It then was right for Barr. Falana to bring a Ghost for the second offering. With an already spooky first take, the second brings the wizardry. M.I, Ghost & Tec of Show Dem Camp (SDC) show up for the part 2.
Unlike the half-man half-spirit Karishika, Falz’s song is dedicated to groupies, gold diggers and ladies who chase after celebrities to have a taste.
“These girls men I no dey trust dem/once you are posh then/dem go form crush then/dem go come rush then/into endorsement/now she don brand you/she needs reimbursement” M.I. This may sound like he is referring to a human being, but could be taken as the trap of the come-up. Eve of Money, Fame seeking to keep young (w0)men in the unfavourable after they have made it. Same with the original Karishika. “And I am speaking from Experience like Pastor Paul.”
Show Dem Camp, Africa’s hardest rap duo take the mic to speak…back and forth. “I see these Karishikas tryna pass through/dem dey form wife/me I just dey catch cruise.” Tec. Temptation coming through. “Any Queen of the Coast, I reject you. Omo who be Karishika to a Neptune?” Ghost. “Jezebels on my heels, Lord keep me on my toes,” the married Ghost counts his rosaries.
Hip-hop has a thing for metaphors, allegories. Things are not all as they seem. Falz employs the tricks of the Idumota or Iweka Road marketer. A Part 2 is always needed, though the listeners may not agree; they need it. The excitement and expectation levels were raised on Part 1. It ended abruptly without Karishika being revealed (in her fullest, maybe).
Falz’s Karishika Part 2 is as good as the Part 1. With the manner SDC finished their verses, they probably thought to leave holes for a Part 3.
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