There comes a time when one has to take a step back on one’s journey and soak in the experience.
The good and bad experiences mold us into what we become, and it’s important to look at these experiences through the lens of gratitude.
By the looks of it, this is exactly what Davido resolved to do on his latest hit single titled Stand Strong.
The song, which features the Sunday Service Choir, is a mellow and reflective meditation on life, family, career, and the future.
The Sunday Service Choir, who graciously offered their vocal expertise, is an American gospel group led by artist and producer Kanye West and conducted by choir director Jason White. Their debut album, Jesus Is Born, was released on Christmas Day, 2019.
Davido kicks things off on Stand Strong with some sage advice from his father and the scars he’s sustained in the battles to stay afloat:
“Papa told me, ‘Keep your head up high
Even though your body full of bite marks from all dem canines’
(all dem canines, yeah, yeah)
Steady moving, I’m just living life
And so many people in my business, so many chookin’ eyes”
The mid-tempo instrumentation truly let’s the deep lyrics breath and resonate. While the choir harmonizes in the background, he croons on in his characteristically passionate vocal delivery. He goes on to speak about the silent sorrows of the successful:
“Look in my eyes
You see the money and the fame, we’re successful
You really don’t know what’s going on in my life
In my life (what’s going on in my life, yeah, yeah)
No pleasure comes from pain
No money fall like rain”
All in all, Stand Strong is a celebration of life and living even with the bitter taste it can live in one’s mouth. The decision to keep moving amidst it all is the crowing victory. Fortunately for Davido, his hardwork and persistence has paid off.
He already has hit singles High (a collaboration with Adekunle Gold) and Champion Sound with Focalistic in 2022. He was also featured on “Hayya Hayya (Better Together)” along side (Trinidad Cardona and AISHA), the first single of the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Soundtrack. It marked Davido as the first Nigerian singer to be featured in a FIFA World Cup single.
It will be interesting to see what he has up his sleeves next. For now, Davido wants us to continue to stand strong