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Arise Nigeria Video (2006)

On Top Video (2015)

Colours Video (2017)

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Most people have failed in life from the wrong mental attitude than from lack. Wade Boggs said that "positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes". According to him, It is the catalyst that sparks extra ordinary results. Uduak Daniel must have been ruminating on these as she made attempt to explore the divine commands in Deuteronomy 28:13 and Mark 11:22-24.
"On Top"  is a four minute traditional orchestration. What calls the attention is not the beautiful tapestry of sounds forming the foundation, but the menacing attitude of the singer: "Get out of the way!" Suddenly, you get the impression that the heavy velvety voice is already encountering trouble. The suspense is in the fact that you are not given the antecedent to this trouble. You are now poised to hear what started this.

 

That is when she brakes into explaining the accolades of trouble that someone may encounter. She deftly weaves a metaphor of natural images of what we can overcome. Then she declares with a heaven sent finality. "I'm on top". It is at this point the eternal chorus join in the great celebration of praise
The rhythm elicits dance of unparalleled proportion from the beginning to the end. The lyrics will generate a resolute attitude to win. Just as it started, it gradually fades into the background with the taste lingering in your mouth... "I'm fired up!"
Bon appetite!

Arise Nigeria is a lovely charge from God to the country. This mid tempo song written and performed by Uduak was produced by Atta LeNell. Unlike the first rendition which was a ballad, this is a simple, contagiously cheery song with a strong pop and jazzy touch. The simple, folksy, friendliness of the song elevates your mood and makes you want to sing along as well as dance.
Uduak’s soulful vibe creates a profound ease – a deviation from the average Nigerian nationalistic song. Savour the unbelievable dramatic change in the melody and mood towards the end of the song. It not only makes you want to dance the salsa, but injects in you a commitment to nation building. And oh, the breathy, jazzy adlibs that serenades you into the future. “Common let’s move on, move on no need to give up……..we need to move on, we need to reach for the top……”

 

Starting with the soul-lifting and danceable “Just You,” Uduak takes you through gratitude, in “Miracle” and philosophical spheres painted in powerful imagery in “Colours,” “Love Is Not Far Away” and “Don’t Stress.” The blend of rare variations of reggae, classical and soul music makes this work. No dull moments here.
Those who are acquainted with Uduak Daniel’s music know that simple, dripping and powerfully delivered ballads are common features. The amazing twist brought about by the popular hymn, “Be Still My Soul” is likely to start you pacing around and ending with you on your knees in gratitude to God. Of course the heavily percussive African beats from the lead track, “On Top,” along with “Nkong Nkan Abasi” and “Wondaful Ting,” are sure to catapult you to the engaging realms of possibilities that only our deep, native dialects can take you. These catchy songs are delivered with edgy vocals and percussions that will make you want to break through a wall.


In comes the variorum of “Colours,” “Don’t Stress,” “On Top,” “Nkong Nkan Abasi” in the form of DJ remixes
and a jazz version. These tracks can be played anywhere one can think of. And is that not what Uduak Daniel is about? Being unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and taking it to the ends of the earth? Savour the moment!

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