Thanks to a well done sequencing of tracks, the intent listener is easily able to craft a coherent narrative out of Marince’s sophomore EP, Oblitey.
As a name among the Sakumowe of the Ga people, Oblitey is given to first born sons; and as title of this joint, it does a good job of symbolising the spirit of the EP and encapsulating its narrative.
The story is a common one: a young man growing up in a dysfunctional society, burdened by a myriad of responsibilities. Over here, money is a double-edged sword – both nemesis and cure-all.
Oblitey opens with The Coast, a lament of an abandoned lover. Where the singer’s ex, Adjeley, has ditched his moneyless self for a rich man.
This title for the album’s opener, perhaps unwittingly, points to where a majority of the album is set: a coastal community. In Chorkor, to be precise, as one finds out in the song.
On track 2, Nshor Ke, it is dawntime on the coast. The cold is biting, and boats are waiting on the shore. Mans has got to go fishing for the noko fioo. The singer’s Oblitey status (and its accompanying strains) really comes to bear here on this song. “Family pressure be weighing me // So I’m on the street now,” he raps. And then, a few bars later: “Momma got to see smile.”
On Oxford Street, him and his gang walk – because it’s the mode of transportation they can afford – to Osu, to sightsee and bar-hop. And on Ramblers, which so far has the tape’s most blatant trap beat, they’re out in town…trapping – driven to that by pangs of hunger and a pursuit of the Cedi.
Indeed, the story is a very common one in this here genre, only this time delivered in about 80% Ga, through mellow harmonies, measured pacing of raps and sparse instrumentation – supplied by the likes of The Flowerpapi, The Wavebeats, and Joker Nharnah.
The socioeconomic situation of this society where the EP is set could as well be captured by the phrase “filthy society” – which titles a song on Marince’s debut EP, Seventh Faith. On the song, he declared: “Filthy society no fit stop me from realising ma destiny.”
This kind of outlook is present all over Oblitey. For instance: he is not spiteful about Adjeley ditching him for someone rich (he only states, confidently, that one day he will be great); he pays no mind to ill-wishers, badmouths or naysayers (he only goes on and does his thing).
In Ga popular culture, the name Oblitey has assumed another meaning. It is used to refer to that person who shows up at every function, uninvited.
Marince is an actual Oblitey, in the traditional sense of the word. In the popular cultural sense, it appears that Marince, if he goes on, growingly, with such kind of artistry, will not be the gate-crashing Oblitey, but rather the one whose celebration erstwhile antagonists will be gatecrashing in the near future. Such is how promising his work is.
Link to the Oblitey Album – album.link/rHHhdGXPkhtbK
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