Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have heard Kizz Daniel’s Buga also known as Lo Lo Lo. Even if you don’t know the name of the song, you must have consciously or unconsciously heard the tune somewhere, either from strangers humming the melody or speakers bumping it in your neighborhood.
Africamusiconline also had a review of the hit single.
It has become such a pop cultural phenomenon that many artistes have made covers of it.
One of such covers is the one by Kwaro Band, a collective of 7 members who make music embellished with enough humor to make you burst at the seams with laughter.
Led by Sarkin Dariya, they combine music and comedy in creative ways and add interesting spins to already existing songs.
With their Buga cover, they choose to pass an important message while being hilarious and innovative. The message is to encourage Nigerians not to sell their votes to politicians.
The song comes just in time as the campaign season for the 2023 general elections heats up in Nigeria. Even though they retain their goofiness and charm, you can also sense the urgency of their message in the music.
Kwaro Band are not new to activism-driven performance art, though. One of their most poignant portrayals of the unfortunate reality of life in Nigeria is their cover of They Don’t Really Care About Us by Michael Jackson. In that cover, they explore issues that are still relevant.
In their words:
Fuel she dey add price
No money to buy rice
Everything she done high
ASUU she dey go strike
NEPA no dey bring light
Shey you see this government. She don’t really care about us x2
Hakan suke, gaskiya”
With his Hausa accent, Sarkin Dariya constantly delivers his message in a way that is audible and comprehensible enough for anyone who can speak English to understand.
The Buga cover has gotten tens of thousands of likes and over five thousand comments on Facebook.
They also have a decent YouTube presence that attracts different nationalities from all over Africa.
It is safe to say Kwaro Band are not just here to make us laugh. They are also in the business of inducing social change the best way they can, which is through performance art. I am amazed at their dexterity.