R. Kelly’s songs that resonate with Nigerians
Many of Kelly’s songs are well-known in Nigeria, where he is jokingly referred to as the “King of RnB.”
On Saturday Beats, we examine some of his songs that are still popular in Nigeria.
Track “Trapped in the Closet”
The music series “Trapped in the Closet” tells the tale of a one-night stand that started off a series of events that progressively exposed a larger web of lies and deceit. The 33-chapter song series was published between 2005 and 2012. Even though it contained no explicit material, it was very popular in Nigeria.
Step In the Name of Love
Step in the Name of Love by R. Kelly is a song that many wedding guests can easily relate to because it was a standard at many weddings.
The song, which promotes closeness, points out that even if falling in love can be difficult, it is still a lovely emotion that can make people happy.
You Saved Me
This song is both inspirational and gospel in character, and it can be found on the 2004 album “Happy People/U Saved Me.” The song highlights tales of people overcoming challenging circumstances.
Many Nigerians found solace in the song because it reminded them that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, no matter what they may be going through. Additionally, it supports the adage “When there is life, there is hope.”
Although it was only made available as a single in November 2001, “Ali,” a film about legendary boxer Mohammed Ali, utilized it as its music (formerly Cassius Clay).
The song, which essentially comprised affirmations of one’s own life, was frequently played at the conclusion of sporting events, graduations, and other times of success. I’m that star in the sky, I’m that mountain peak up high, Hey I made it, hmm, I’m the greatest in the world, according to some of the song’s lyrics.
“I Believe I Can Fly”
I Believe I Can Fly, which was included on the soundtrack for the 1996 movie Space Jam, served as many Nigerians’ first exposure to R. Kelly. The song, which is among the singer’s most popular songs, later developed into a sort of anthem that was chanted by both young and elderly.
I believe I can fly/I believe I can touch the sky/ I think about it every night and day/ Spread my wings and fly away/ I believe I can soar/ I imagine me racing through that open door/ I believe I can fly are some of the song’s lyrics.