By Chiagoziem Onyekwena
ALBUM TITLE – Legacy (Ahamefuna)
LEAD SINGLE – I Don’t Give a Shot
PRODUCTION – Duncan Mighty
GUEST ARTISTES – None
DISTRIBUTION – Wene Mighty Records/Iyke the Don Entertainment
Between 2007 and 2008, there was an incursion of Niger Delta youth that had nothing to do with militancy. Out of the creeks emerged Timaya and Duncan Mighty and on a lesser scale – Sky B, D’Indespensables and Frank d’Nero after years of remaining underground. Fast forward to 2010 and even though most of these artistes have struggled to keep that momentum going, hit songs from their stable from two, three years ago served to put the region’s music on the map today.
Little is said about the Port Harcourt/South-Eastern axis of our music industry but anyone who pays attention to their tunes will tell you two things:
a.) There is a vibrant music community that exists almost by itself and
b.) Duncan Wene-Mighty is one of its genuine stars.
Unfortunately, to the rest of the country its Duncan Mighty’s songs, rather than the man himself, that have been visible (or audible) in recent times.
The hit singles from Duncan’s last effort Koliwater were sieved and distributed, while the album’s chaff was thrown away. To avoid a re-occurrence, Duncan Mighty reduces the number of songs from over 20 on Koliwater to a more digestible 15 on Legacy as the singer attempts to produce a more cohesive effort. Duncan is careful to balance singing about the good life, namely women and partying, and imparting wisdom to his listener. The upbeat Don’t Give a Shot and Isimgbaka were crafted with Duncan’s dance floor consistency in mind while Ahamefuna is a condensed life manual that contains Mr. Mighty’s teachings. Then there’s the third part of Duncan’s music which is only a whisker away from being called gospel (I No Fit Shout).
Duncan Mighty created this entire album practically by himself, so credit for the good as well as the bad must go back to him. The instrumentals from his Dancia hit are inexplicably exhumed and desecrated as a completely pointless song is born in I Love U. Port Harcourt Son is an exaltation of every successful person the garden city has produced in recent time, it’s a subtle attempt at what I like to call ‘political jingle music’. Duncan isn’t so coy on Good Luck Jonathan however; his voice was silent while Duncan’s yearning pockets did all the singing but who can blame him? Bills must be paid and thankfully for Wene Mighty its 2010, elections are around the corner. The album also suffers from ‘too-much-Duncan’ and even though Mr. Mighty proves that he is capable of carrying an entire album by himself once again, his delivery isn’t varied enough to keep the listener’s full attention for that long.
A proud Ikwerre man, Duncan Mighty’s music is heavily influenced by the sounds of his people; his choice of instruments, his language and his overall approach to song-writing all point back to his heritage. Legacy is not the type of album that would set the rest of the country on fire but with an alias like Port Harcourt 1st Son, you get the feeling nationwide dominance isn’t exactly Duncan Mighty’s priority for now.
ALBUM RATING – 3/5