Simi Owanbe Video

SIMI OWANBE VIDEO LYRICS AND TRANSLATION (+Review)

REVIEW

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Simi is one of the most talented and hardworking artistes in Nigeria. The song Owanbe is from her recent album “Simisola”. Owanbe literally means “It is there”, it refers to something notable going on somewhere and is mostly used to refer to mega parties thrown by Yoruba people which usually involve a lot of dancing, eating and loud music. Yorubas are excellent party makers and party goers, they do the most to look good, wear Aso-ebi* and have a great time at parties and this song celebrates the Owanbe culture of Yoruba people. I noticed on YouTube that Simi has a lot of Non-Nigerian fans and Nigerian fans who don’t understand Yoruba and that’s why I made this post to help understand the true meaning of the song and enjoy it more. 

The video is obviously inspired by the typical Lagos Owanbe. the video is clean, simple and straightforward and totally suits the music. Simi looks absolutely beautiful in the video and it’s interesting to note that she actually featured her mom in the video at 2 minutes 43 seconds where she says “Mummy no dey tire”. There’s a lot of food, music and dancing like in a typical Owanbe and a few guest appearances like Jide Kosoko as Uncle Jide, Odunlade Adekola and Lola OJ. Warning, you WILL dance to this song. 

 

LYRICS+TRANSLATION

Verse 1

All the party we dem dey do for Lagos City

(All the parties that takes place in Lagos City)

Na there wey you go findi Mommy Risi

(That’s where you’ll find Mommy Risi)

She no dey carry lasti o

(She never takes last)

She no dey giri*

(She never accepts to lose)

Ye o ye o ye o ye, ki lon wa kiri, ah!

(Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! What is she looking for about?)

Mommy Yetunde won tun lo yawo

(Yetunde’s mom also went to borrow money)

Won fe ra gele lo sibi iyawo

(She wants to buy Gele* to wear at the wedding)

Daddy Sulia won fe lo saye

(Daddy Sulia won’t to go enjoy life)

Won ti de fila pe kalo jaye

(He has is cap on to go and chop life)

Won j’amala won tun lo sayo

(They ate Amala* and also drank to their heart’s content)

Won pe Sunny Ade*, won pe Baddo*

(They called Sunny Ade, they called Baddo)

Eyi tun le gan o

(This is really serious)

Won ni

(They said)

 

Chorus

Ijo ti mo jo lana o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The dancing I enjoyed yesterday/It’s not enough for me)

Aye ti mo je lojo yen o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The life I enjoyed yesterday/It’s not enough for me)

Onilu sha ma rora o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(Drummer, take it easy/It’s not enough for me)

Ijo ti fe ma wora o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The dance is starting to take over me/It’s not enough for me)

 

Verse 2

Na so you danci and forget yourself

(That’s how you danced and got carried away)

You take jalopy block Mercedes Benz

(You blocked a Mercedez Benz with your jalopy car)

Uncle Jide see as, you grabi Aunty Susan

(Uncle Jide, see how you grab Aunty Susan)

Susie she dancey fire

(Susie she dances very well)

You say you no go leave am

(You say you won’t leave her)

Ah! Won fe lo dawo

(Ah! They want to contribute money)

Owo aso-ebi losi ibi iyawo

(Money for Aso-ebi to wear at the wedding)

Won j’amala , won mu champagne

(They ate Amala, they drank champagne)

Won pe Chief Commander* kon wa play

(They called Chief Commander to come and play)

Eyi tun le gan o

(This is really serious)

Won ni

(They said)

 

Chorus

Ijo ti mo jo lana o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The dancing I enjoyed yesterday/It’s not enough for me)

Aye ti mo je lojo yen o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The life I enjoyed yesterday/It’s not enough for me)

Onilu sha ma rora o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(Drummer, take it easy/It’s not enough for me)

Ijo ti fe ma wora o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The dance is starting to take over me/It’s not enough for me)

 

Verse 3

Boda oni guitar

(Guitar player)

E sa ma rora, se

(I say take it easy)

Mummy no dey taya/Rara o she no dey tire

(Mummy doesn’t get tired/Never, she doesn’t get tired)

Daddy o fe gba/Rara o Daddy o fe gba

(Daddy doesn’t want to give up/Never, he doesn’t give up)

Ani, won j’amala , won sayo o

(I say, they ate Amala, they got drunk)

Omo Otedola* lon se’yawo

(The bride is Otedola’s daughter)

Won pe Sunny Ade, won pe Baddo

(They called Sunny Ade, they called Baddo)

Eyi tun le gan o

(This is really serious)

Won ni

(They said)

 

Chorus

Ijo ti mo jo lana o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The dancing I enjoyed yesterday/It’s not enough for me)

Aye ti mo je lojo yen o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The life I enjoyed yesterday/It’s not enough for me)

Onilu sha ma rora o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(Drummer, take it easy/It’s not enough for me)

Ijo ti fe ma wora o/ Ko mai tomi rara o

(The dance is starting to take over me/It’s not enough for me)

 

(*)

Aso-Ebi- Literally means family cloth, uniform clothing material worn at a party
Gele -Head Gear
Amala – Yoruba delicacy
Sunny Ade- A well-renowned Yoruba artist and singer
Baddo – Olamide, a Yoruba rapper and singer
Chief Commander – Evangelist Ebenexer Obey, a well-renowned Yoruba singer
Otedola – a Nigerian billionaire with two daughters

 

 

 

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