Last week, Radio and Weasel or the Goodlyfe Crew (if you prefer) celebrated 10 years in music. It’s been a decade of drama, great collaborations but most importantly, incredible music. I have been a fan of this duo since the first time I heard about them and if you are too, then you are just at the right place. We’re about to take a trip down down memory lane, as I share what I think are their best songs yet, for the decade that they have been in the game.
Off their Nyambula Album, (which to me is their best album yet), the song that was sung for Bebe Cool’s wife , stirring so much controversy was released in 2008. Right about the same time when PSquare‘s No One Like You dropped. I still can’t tell who sampled whose beats.
Everytime I listened to this song, I wished I could be a Zuena for someone. That someone could sing about my beauty and yearn for my love with as much passion as there was in Radio’s voice. Such a beautiful song that had so much soul poured into it.
2. Ring a Bell (Club Remix)
Listen, I loved the original version of Nakudata, but as soon as I heard this remix, I knew that this was it.This was Goodlyfe’s sure way into the club with the song, irrespective of the already great reception of the original. The beats are sick, the lyrics catchy, just like on the original but with an added hook. This is how you do a remix to an already amazing tune.
Who knew that being told you’re sweeter than kuku (chicken- for my non- Swahili speaking audience) would sound so good?….Or that being the “salt in a man’s supu (soup)” would be something you would actually enjoy hearing? …There’s something special about using food to drive your point home in music. Ask Nigerian artists. Why else do you think Flavour sang, “My Jollof Rice oooh, how you de do today? My tomato Jos, I don de think about you” in Oyi? Or Tekno included “You say you like big Cassava” in Pana? Or Davido told his girl that “banana follows her” in Fall?. But I digress. Main point-this was an easy one to fall in love with.
4. Potential (featuring Gen. Ozzy)
This song was released in 2010 and I couldn’t wait for the official video to drop. 7 years down the line and I’m still patiently waiting. This song had potential like no one’s business.
Side Note: If you’ve listened to Roberto‘s music, you’ve probably heard him mention “Brathahood“. Well, that happens to be the label under which he is signed to, alongside Ozzy (who is his brother) and a couple of other Zambian artists.
5. Bread and Butter
Like I said, there’s something special about using food to drive your point home in music. I don’t even have a clue what GNL says at the beginning of the song but you have no idea how much it excites me. Plus, the moves would have me watching the video over and over again without getting tired of it.
5. Juju (featuring Allan Toniks)
OK! People, I have a confession. I’ve had a crush on Allan Toniks since forever. The guy could be singing the national anthem of Uganda and I would find it sexy. And no, I don’t need anyone to rescue me from his spell. Toniks’ vocals were a nice touch to the song, making this is one of my favorite collaborations from the duo. Not that he made the song, but sometimes, we need someone else to take us to even greater heights of success in our journey.
6. (Tukikole) neera
I love an artist/s that is versatile enough to be able to do good music in more than one genre. For most of their songs, the Goodlyfe crew has focused on having club bangers, so to be able to switch that up into this chilled love song, I was more than impressed.
7. Can’t let you go
I still can’t tell the exact number of neck pieces hanging on Radio’s neck. ION… Can we talk about just how beautiful the acting love interest on this video is?…Seriously, I wanted to dye my hair blonde just because she made me believe that a black girl could pull it off. The hook on this jam was EVERYTHING!! (Though why would you give a guy a wrong number?…Why not just refuse to give it to him?)
Everytime this song comes on, I want to get up, completely drown in the music and dance. This must be love. I wish the two would work more with the producer behind this hit because child…….he surely makes some great beats.
10. Talk and Talk
This is one of those songs that I listen to every time I have naysayers talking *isht about me that they do not really know about. Away from enjoying the catchy lyrics, the most important message that you can get from it is that, people will always talk, but keep going, do you.
10. Heart Attack
What can I say…? I love a creative song that will have the most unbelievable lyrics, and yet still capture you enough to sing along.
I am so happy that these two made it to 10. I cannot wait to see what more they have to offer.
What are some of your best songs ever from Radio and Weasel?
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