• Soundtrack of End SARS Protests

Written by: Ayomide , Oriowo
2020-10-29T08:49:25.0222173

Patoranking’s “Heal D World” on radio, Fela Kuti’s “Sorrow Tears and Blood” on Apple Music, Falz’s “This is Nigeria” on TV, Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” on YouTube

This article takes a look into how the ENDSARS protest drew inspiration from some of the timeless music which captures the essence of the struggle against police brutality and a nationwide clamor for a safer society. This article highlights the songs that experienced a surge in consumption and interaction during the weeks of the landmark protest.

Radio

Patoranking’s “Heal D World” got 270% more airplay from the previous week to end the week in the top 100 most-played songs on radio last week. Interestingly, another song titled “Heal the World” had the second biggest surge in airplay, this time by the late Michael Jackson. The song got 323% more airplay from the previous week to finish in the top 150 most-played songs on radio.

Alicia Keys’ “We Are Here” had the biggest surge in airplay during the week – the song got 680% more airplay than the previous week, enough to finish in the top 200 most-played songs on radio last week.

TV

Falz’s “This is Nigeria” was the major #EndSARS soundtrack on TV – the song got 400% more airplay than the previous week, jumping 213 spots in the process to finish in the top 100 most-played song on TV last week.

YouTube NG

Alicia Key’s “We Are Here,” Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us,” and Timi Dakolo’s “Great Nation” all entered YouTube NG Top Songs; “We Are Here” at No. 40, made its debut on the chart, “They Don’t Care About Us” returned to the chart for third time ever at No. 50 and “Great Nation” at No. 57 returning for the second time ever.

At No. 83 is Eedris Abdulkareem’s “Country Hard” featuring Sound Sultan, a song that tells the hardship of an average Nigerian.

Apple Music

Two songs from the legendary Afrobeat artiste, the late Fela Kuti, who had a documented history of activism, entered the top 100 of Apple Music Top Songs during the #EndSARS protets; “Sorrow Tears and Blood” and “Beast of No Nation.” Fela Kuti’s “Zombie” finished the week outside top 100, at No. 119.

Burna Boy’s “Collateral Damage” returned to the Apple Music Top Songs, ending the week at No. 132.

For generations, music has been a form of expression and agitation against injustice. The END SARS protests is a reminder that songs against oppression and injustice would forever stay relevant in the never ending struggle to attain a society where justice, fairness, and equity strives.

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