Review: Why love Nwantiti is here to stay for decades
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Review: Why love Nwantiti is here to stay for decades

Why  love nwantiti is here to stay for decades

It is no longer news, “Love nwantiti” has  to be one of the greatest sleeper hits in the world.

Its consequent boomerang was shocking to the world. But the truth is that,  you can never deny a  good song its attention. Boy, and has love nwantiti not gotten that attention?

The beautiful thing about “Love Nwantiti” is that it is soulful music. It is a one-in-a-kind romantic song that gives you a thereupitic feeling when you are listening to it.

It makes you feel less tense and transcends you into a world of hopeless romanticism and fantasy. Ckay submerges himself in “Love nwantiti” to deliver one of the greatest love songs in the world, but this is not the end of it.

The percussions can drive you crazy with euphoria, and the  “ahn…ahn…ahn…ahn…ahn…ahn”  will make you feel good that you are listening to a love song no matter how anti-love you are.

The percussions make the song a pleasant listen and even if you don’t listen to the lyrics as much as you want to, the percussions alone are enough to get you on with the song.

If you listened to the acoustic version of “Love Nwantiti”, you would know that “Love nwantiti” can thrive without percussions or instruments, although it flourishes with the accompaniment of a keyboard or guitar. 

It is a song devoid of imperfections. You can never listen to it enough.

Love Nwantiti” is one of those songs that grow with time. It’s timeless, ageless music, and that’s the truth. The point of music is to create art, but you discover that there are some songs that get trite  even after they have been released for some seven months or one year.

With “Love Nwantiti”, it’s different. There is something different, something that calls out to listeners, and they are always ready to yield to it.

In fact, it is even more of a hit because of the way Ckay adulates a woman’s body in the song. It doesn’t sound like all other songs that artists sing and it sounds so cliche.

The lyrics do not sound different from those other songs, but  Ckay sounds very convincing with the lyrics that he makes the entire song sound entirely unique.

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It would have been bad if Ckay vocalized on “Love Nwantiti”. He  sang  it with no purpose to over impress or show  that it  is a song that will do well without extras, and truly, it is. 

How “Love Nwantiti” became popular

In 2021, the world went agog as Ckay’s 2019 smash hit; “Love Nwantiti” began to make waves on the social media tik tok app. People all over the world danced and vibed to the song.

“Love Nwantiti” which was originally released as part of Ckay’s 8-track E.P became one of the best performing songs on the E.P and earned itself a remix with afro pop star Joeboy and Ghanaian singer Kuami Eugene which was released in 2020 and became a big hit all over the world.

It took almost a year later when DJ Yo– a DJ from Mauritius remixed the original song and made it a sound on tik tok, it had positive receptions and it became a viral tik tok sound.

But questions arose on who actually owned the song and it wasn’t until Ckay made a 34 seconds video of the acoustic version on tik tok before the deserved credit was attributed to him.

It became the most shazamed song in September 2021 over Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s ‘Stay’ and Elton John’s remix of ‘Cold Heart’ ft. Dua Lipa. It has garnered over 15 billion views on tik tok. Ckay’s spotify monthly listeners also rose to as much as 32 million, he’s the first African artist to reach this milestone.

It also became the most certified Afrobeats song in the world. It’s safe to say Ckay made a masterpiece which has gone on to be one of the most, if not the most, successful afrobeats song ever.

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“Love Nwantiti” blew up suddenly and became an instant media sensation on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube

The song has been remixed two times featuring Kuami Eugene and Joeboy, and another one with North African singer El Grande Toto. The reason for “Love Nwantiti” becoming famous is not far-fetched, the lyrics are relatable, the percussions are dreamily rhythmic, and the song is a pleasant listen.

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The combination of these has made it peak #1 on Billboard Triller Global. Below is the peak position of “Love Nwantiti” on charts (Past & present chart positions)

■No 8 in Australia.
■1 in France
■6 in Germany
■1 in Netherlands
■1 In Norway
■No 1 in Sweden
■No 3 in the Uk and
■31 in the US
■Argentina (Argentina Hot 100) 58
■Australia (ARIA) 8
■Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 4
■Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders 8
■Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 10
■Brazil (Top 100 Brasil) 97
■Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 5
■Colombia (Promúsica) 19
■Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 9
■Denmark (Tracklisten) 6
■France (SNEP) 1
■Germany (Official German Charts) 6
■Global 200 (Billboard) 2
■Greece (IFPI) 4
■Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 36
■Hungary (Single Top 40) 6
■Hungary (Stream Top 40) 7
■Iceland (Plötutíðindi)[31] 19
■India (IMI)[32] 1
■Ireland (IRMA) 5
■Italy (FIMI) 20
■Latvia (EHR)22
■Lithuania (AGATA) 12
■Malaysia (RIM) 8
■Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1
■Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1
■New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2
■Norway (VG-lista) 1
■Portugal (AFP) 1
■Singapore (RIAS) 5
■Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 60
■Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 6
■South Africa (RISA) 2
■Spain (PROMUSICAE) 46
■Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4
■Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
■UK Singles (OCC) 3
■UK Indie (OCC) 1
■US Billboard Hot 100 31
■US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 27
■US Rhythmic (Billboard) 2
■US Rolling Stone Top 100 9
■US World Digital Song Sales (Billboard) 1
■France (SNEP) 183

Currently, the song has the following streams on YouTube alone:

“Love Nwantiti” ft. Joeboy and Kuami Eugene148M
“Love Nwantiti”182M
“Love Nwantiti” (North African Remix)44mM

Ckay’s music career started around 2014 when he signed to “Loopy music”. However, when “Loopy music” was merged with popular record label “Chocolate city”, Ckay officially joined “Chocolate city” and has been with them ever since.

Ckay had released two singles “Container” (2019), and “Way” (2019) before releasing his international hit single “Love Nwantiti” in 2019.

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Different people from various countries and continents have made several covers of the song on TikTok. After spending 11 weeks on Billboard Top Triller Global, “Love Nwantiti” finally peaked as number one on the chart.

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Love Nwantiti lyrics:

Tu tu tu
Uh tu uh tu tu tu
Tu tu tu
Uh tu uh tu tu tu
Yeah

My baby, my Valentine (yeah)
Girl, na you dey make my temperature dey rise
If you leave me, I go die, I swear
You are like the oxygen I need to survive
I’ll be honest
Your loving dey totori me
I am so obsessed
I want to chop your nkwobi

Ule, your body dey gbakam isi
Ule, open am make I see
Ule, nyem love nwantiti
Wey fit make a bad man sing, oh yeah

Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn

Baby girl, where you from come? Yeah
Your body na follow come, yeah
No be silicon
Baba God e finish work, ah ah ah ah
Without you, I go fit lose my mind
Without you, I go fit fall and die
Without you, I go give all my life
Without you, without you

Ule, your body dey gbakam isi
Ule, open am make I see
Ule, nyem love nwantiti
Wey fit make a bad man sing, oh yeah

Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn

You mean the world to me
You’re my living fantasy
I I I, I love you
I I I, no one above you
Lover, don’t give this love to nobody
Lover, don’t call another nigga “honey”
Lover, lover
I wanna be your lover forever, forever”

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Olayiide Bolaji is a writer at The Scoove Africa whose interests span in music and movies. He is also a freelance A&R personel.

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