Nigerians love trendy slang, and most of these trends and slang come from songs or movies. However, a lot of that slang these days comes from “hype” and skits on social media. Saturday Beats dissects some
“Shedi bala bala”
An eye-catching hook that caught the attention of Nigerians through Tiktok’s videos practically took over the ever-bustling entertainment and social media space.
DJ Basplit’s sketch starring hypeman Bobby Banks urged women to rock their butts. Nightclubs and parties were throbbing with the hook and it looked like no party was over until the DJ played the track.
A pseudo-Latin song popularly known as “Ameno”, “Ameno Dorime” or simply “Dorime”, is a French new age musical project written by Eric Levi and titled “ERA-Ameno”.
Released in 1996 as a single from his debut album, “Era”, which achieved success in Latin America, France, Sweden and Belgium.
The lyrics are written in pseudo-Latin language but the words have no real meaning in Latin although they sound like Latin. The vocals, which have been performed by Harriet Jay and Guy Protheroe, have a compelling effect on the listeners, coupled with the instrumentation and arrangement of the song. The song which gained wide acceptance this year, especially on Tiktok, was considered by some to be a “cursed song due to its possessive sound which includes pitch-modified Gregorian chant over sparse, unbalanced electronic music.”
However, in Nigeria it quickly became one of the most played sounds in nightclubs.
Although most people think the song is harmless, some club goers reportedly reported having an unusual urge to overspend every time the song was played. Some also claimed that they still feel pressured into buying drinks they didn’t intend to buy every time the DJ plays the song. The song is also played during festive times or whenever the more expensive drinks are bought at a club.
“Petit yansh dey shake”
The hyped track, “Small yansh dey shake” which went viral on TikTok months ago, was created by hypeman, Emmyblaq, who is known for working with club DJs.
The phrase “See small yansh dey shake o” is without a doubt one of the most viral slangs of 2021. The understatement that started as slang to describe women with small butts dancing in clubs is now used to describe people who do unexpected things, especially after they have been underestimated.
‘You want bam bam’
The hook, ‘You want to bam bam’, by Goya Menor in collaboration with Nektunez, came out earlier this month and is a new Amapiano version of the song, Ameno, which is undoubtedly one of the most popular songs. most discussed of 2021..
Like others on this list, “You want to bam bam” went viral first on Tiktok, with people doing dance videos to the song. She can best be described as the Nigerian version of the song Ameno, known as Dorime.
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