The 2020 single has undoubtedly gained more grounds than initially expected with the song earning more waves during the heat of the Nigerian youths #EndSARS protests. Davido’s “FEM” has never pretended to not be this sort of song. From the inception of its release, it proved to be a kind of escape route when the overheatedness of the earlier pronounced lockdown sets in. Whether a party starter or a friendly sing-along, “FEM” was made to fit whatever you wanted it to be.
If you haven’t heard “FEM,” there’s a very near probability that you’ve not exactly been in touch with the social media for a long time-judging from the large acceptability of the youths especially in this season of the speaking up trend purposefully curated by the Nigerian youths. One beautiful thing about this piece is the stop-start breakbeat groove never quite resolves itself, suggesting a crescendo that never quite comes and the relative continuity and easy recognizance with the groove of the track. It’s been two weeks since the youth of Nigeria swarmed in thousands across the nation, protesting the inhumane treatment they suffer at the hands of SARS operatives who are notoriously known for extrajudicial killings and blatant extortions of many Nigerians.
Music has been integral to the #EndSARS protests and it has been there every step of the way to soundtrack the feelings of young Nigerians either by strengthening, soothing, or rousing them to further action. Davido’s latest single “FEM“, the amped-up comeback anthem that he recently released as an alleged and supposed diss song to Burna Boy has indelibly gained more ground as a result of the swift actions taken up by the youths of the nation. The energetic single was frequently played at these peaceful protests at intervals when the protester’s chants have died down and even though Davido didn’t have a revolution in mind when he was making the song, the digs that he takes at the African Giant lend themselves easily to the current social movement. “FEM” has acclaimed the title of a certified banger and an iconic trademark to sacredize the peaceful protests carried out by the youths. How and why a song originally released as a diss track strongly resonates with the voice of solidarity and accountability can only be explained by the similarity of motives in both phenomena.