BANKOLE KOLAWOLE'S ADUNNI: A SERENADE FOR AGES By Yusuf Balogun Gemini. - The Isaac Somto Foundation

  • BANKOLE KOLAWOLE'S ADUNNI: A SERENADE FOR AGES By Yusuf Balogun Gemini.



    Toby Abiodun refers to it as the lit-est love poem he has ever heard from a Nigerian spoken word poet, I refer to Adunni as a serenade for ages. If not for one or two "eye escapist" shortcomings, I would have given it a hundred percent. Bankole Kolawole, known by many as Bankhall and revered for his constant attempt at not only playing with words occasionally but also making it a point of duty to create rhythms out of words. Of course, every listener or to-be listener of Adunni would testify to the rhythms embedded in the alignment of these vocals - you'd think this poet has got a lyre on his tongue!

    Adunni is the imagery of a typical "Lepa Shandy", yet with that modestly tall height that makes even palm trees outgrow their tappers, Adunni is the picture of that ebony like, lustrous moon that radiates like the beaming "Alugbinrin" - the attraction of every onlookers, strangers and sons of the soil alike. Bankole Kolawole putting upon the garment of a word carver that he is, believes his sugar coated, milk doused, chocolate grated words backed up by his indigenous appeal would win the heart of the exquisite beauty. This is obvious in the opening folk song _"Oju re pepe"_ which I feel would have been way more tantalizing with the application of the guttural talking drum - that skinny voice of a thousand masquerade! Perchance, Bankhall reminds us of the long last fact that words have powers and most times, the ears of a woman can be the perfect tool in getting her heart drawn to one. Wonder why the essence of sycophants is much more overrated in the pre colonial and mid post colonial era, I am sure Bankole would definitely spend the rest of his days with the Alaafin of Oyo or better still, be on the other angle stealing the hearts of every spinster in the village square with stress (had it been he had existed in the far ages behind). Bankhall is that typical Yoruba demon!

    For a considerable list of artisans that have found a permanent, unchanging space in grief, almost every other form of veterans have explored love, romance through arts and spirituality as a basic factor to live on. A quick flip back would give us Sunny Nneji's Oruka, even as far much as the oldies - Baba Gani Agba (Haruna Ishola) who sets the love fire going then with Ina Ran, not even the son of Afolayan(s) would let go without Kokoro Ife and then...we have that cautious attempt of toggling Yoruba language with a major quarter of the English language from Bankole Kolawole, laced with the undertone of Adekunle Gold et Simi's lyrical "No Forget".

    Bankhall's Adunni is not a recent hit. In fact, it was my very first encounter with spoken word poetry sometimes in the early hours of 2017. It is unarguable that this audio still seems fresh at every listen, a quick advice would be not to allow your fiancée the privilege of listening to this audio lest...

    Even though I am at a crossroad as to why Bankole Kolawole has decided to go into a seeming deck silence after the release of Adunni cum Before Now, I hope the next strike won't be louder than the screams at Melete, Borno. It wouldn't be bad to whet our appetite with another delicacy in the soon to be takeoff hours of 2019. Meanwhile, I spearhead the league of patrons awaiting the response of Adunni ever since or like the election of a certain country, is it still inconclusive?

    This was written by Yusuf Balogun Gemini for the "Poetry In Africa"
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