Self-awareness can be both a blessing and a curse for musicians in the industry. For people like Burna Boy, whose self-awareness translates to arrogance, it is both, for those like Mayorkun whose enables his hit-making abilities, it’s sometimes charming. For, Chike and Gyakie, however, recognizing their power to tell love stories and sing of this well-worn subject in the most heartwarming of ways, makes it a huge blessing seeing as this birthed some of their biggest singles. As a duo, this self-awareness reaches its peak, as collaborations such as their latest, Follow You, is a sure chart-topper and fan favorite.
With acoustic directions from Fiokee, who has proven himself worthy in the past, Chike and Gyakie target history books with a song rife with the makings of a classic, hinged on its love-centered narrative which though, rinsed sounds fresh and gleaming, sweet harmonies brought on by the fusion of the duo’s differing but powerful vocals which when washed with the springy acoustic-driven instrumental, emotes even more and finally, the instrumental itself, a testament to their self-awareness and sensitivity for what strikes.
Follow You comes on the heels of an AFRIMMA nomination for Chike. Perhaps a coincidence, it speaks to the solid points in his journey that landed him on the path he’s currently on.