Award-winning performance poet, Akeem Lasisi, is out with a new video titled ‘Ada, Ada’.
The video is off his new album that goes by the same title. He says the fresh offering is a celebration of love along other values.
Lasisi says in a statement, “Primarily, ‘Ada, Ada’ is a celebration of a lady called Ada. Because she is the object attraction, her name is endlessly chanted in the accompaniment song by Edaoto, a fantastic artiste I often work with.
“But as ‘Ada, Ada’ is a celebration of love, it is also a celebration of poetry. I want to continue to present the art in its entertaining and enjoyable form. It is actually about selling the art to more people, so that they can savour its beauty.
“Yet in the process, we try to pass some other messages, which discerning ears and mind will readily grasp – killing multiple birds with the same stone, kind off.”
Mr Lasisi, who is also a journalist and lecturer/Public Relations Officer at the First Technical School, Ibadan, adds that the work is also a ploy to recreate a Yoruba folk song involving a dog and greedy tortoise.
“In the tale, the tortoise begs the dog to take it to where it secures food, during a famine. The dog takes the tortoise to heaven – in the sky – where its dead mother now resides but remains benevolent. While returning, however, the tortoise takes more food than it can carry, and thus has to beg the dog to relieve him of some of the baggage. It now sings, ‘Aja, aja o, ran mi leru …”
The new video, shot at the First Technical University, Ibadan, stars Teemiesamuels, an Ibadan, Oyo State-based up-and-coming dancer and actress, who gives a good account of herself in the performance.
She is supported by some dancers whose act, as usual, gives Mr Lasisi’s poetry a total experience: poems, music, dance and theatrics.
The production features three short poems, interjected with songs.
Mr Lasisi, who had earlier featured some movie stars in his earlier works – including Yomi Fash-Lanso, Kabirah Kafidipe, Bukola Awoyemi, Okele, Pa James, Ropo Ewebla and Oyin Elebuibon, had released several poetry videos.
These include acclaimed ‘Eleleture’, ‘Udeme’ and ‘Asabi Alakara’.
The Ibadan-born poet is the author of award-winning poetry collections that include IREMOJE: Ritual Poetry for Ken Saro-Wiwa and Night of my Flight: The Poetry of a Lady about to Wed. Both won him the Association of Nigerian Authors/Cadbury Poetry Prize.
The alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, University of Lagos and Oyo (Osun) State College of Education, Ila Orangun is also an English Language Tutor and publisher of Phenomenal.com.ng.
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