SONIC LOVE AFFAIR: OSSY BROWN’S “SLOW WHYNE” REDEFINES ROMANCE IN AFROBEATS
Text: Derya Ocean
As the global music scene continues to embrace the infectious beats of Afrobeats, artists of African origin are seizing the opportunity to delve into their cultural roots. One such artist making waves in the UK-based scene is the Nigerian-born R&B/Pop sensation, Ossy Brown. In a strategic move to ride the Afrobeats wave, Brown unveils ‘Slow Whyne’ as the lead single from his highly anticipated upcoming body of work.
Following his successful debut album, LED, Ossy Brown takes his audience on a fresh journey through the landscape of love. The opening note sets the tone, as he croons, “When you’ve waited for love for such a long time and finally get to call that special someone ‘mine’, it hits differently when she does the Slow Whyne.” The introductory confession, “You make a good boy go bad,” captivates listeners, drawing them into a world of romance and rhythm.
The artistry of ‘Slow Whyne’ lies in its fusion of romantic lyrics with a rich blend of instrumentation. Log drums and strings weave together seamlessly, creating a musical tapestry that ignites a joyful atmosphere for lovers to explore. Known for his storytelling prowess, Ossy Brown skillfully recounts a love story from its inception to the present moment. “Baby, you’re the one I’ve been wanting all my life, and now you’re all mine,” he sings, skillfully building anticipation with the percussive consistency leading to the chorus.
The chorus, dominated by vowel sound-lyrics “Lo lo lo lo…,” immediately captures the listener’s attention. Harmonious vocal layers enhance the melody, creating a magnificent and enchanting listening experience. In the second verse, Ossy Brown showcases his vocal dexterity, demonstrating his prowess as an R&B singer and songwriter. The smooth-chill delivery, coupled with harmonies like “…your loving makes me weak, and I’m falling over and over,” elevates the song to the pinnacle of romance. A burst of romantic melodies and the artist’s beautiful falsetto shine brightly, leaving the listener swaying in the arms of their loved one.
Clocking in at 3 minutes and 31 seconds, ‘Slow Whyne’ is a testament to Ossy Brown’s versatility, vocal mastery, and adeptness in songwriting. The track not only showcases his ability to explore new sounds but also highlights his commitment to maintaining originality within the evolving Afrobeats landscape.
- Written by: OSAMUDIAMHEN ‘OSSY BROWN’ IDEMUDIA
- Produced by: HARRISON ‘SOZ’ NOSAKHARE
- Mixing & Mastering by: EDWARD ‘YB’ KOMFO
- Executive Producer: OSAMUDIAMHEN ‘OSSY BROWN’ IDEMUDIA
- Photography & Design: OSAMUDIAMHEN ‘OSSY BROWN’ IDEMUDIA
- Record Label: CRYSTALCITY ENTERTAINMENT
- Release Date: 23/06/2023
Ossy Brown’s ‘Slow Whyne’ not only invites listeners into a world of love and romance but also establishes him as a force to be reckoned with in the ever-evolving landscape of Afrobeats. As the global music scene continues to witness the rise of African sounds, Ossy Brown’s artistry serves as a testament to the genre’s ability to captivate audiences worldwide.