Desire (Iyanya album)

Desire (often stylized as Iyanya vs. Desire) is the second studio album by Nigerian singer Iyanya. It was released on 6 February 2013 by Made Men Music Group. The album's production was handled by Tee-Y Mix, D'Tunes, Mr. Chidoo, GospelOnDeBeatz and Young D. The album features guest appearances from M.I, Wizkid, D'banj, Emma Nyra, Tiwa Savage, Flavour N'abania, May D, Vector, Tekno and Yung L.[1] It was supported by six singles—"Kukere", "Kukere" (Remix), "Flavour", "Jombolo", "Ur Waist" and "Sexy Mama".

Desire
Iyanya's Desire Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 February 2013 (2013-02-06)
Recorded2012–2013
Genre
Length67:41
LabelMade Men Music Group
Producer
Iyanya chronology
My Story
(2009)
Desire
(2013)
The Evolution
(2014)
Singles from Desire
  1. "Kukere"
    Released: 4 December 2011
  2. "Ur Waist"
    Released: 8 July 2012
  3. "Kukere (Remix)"
    Released: 20 August 2012
  4. "Flavour"
    Released: 10 November 2012
  5. "Sexy Mama"
    Released: 6 February 2013
  6. "Jombolo"
    Released: 12 June 2013

Background and recordingEdit

The meaning behind Desire stems from the concept of one having an alter ego. In a nutshell, Iyanya compares and contrasts his dualistic personalities. He said, "Desire was just an R & B guy with a great voice who took time to write music and talk about his feelings but just a few people appreciate Desire. Desire never made so much money. Desire always begged for shows, hustles for everything but Iyanya is global. Iyanya is accepted by all."[2] Iyanya started working on the album after wrapping up his debut album My Story. He got inspired to record the hit single "Kukere" during a visit to his hometown of Calabar. Iyanya realized the Etighi dance didn't have a unique song to it. In order to popularize the dance, he teamed up with producer D'Tunes to record "Kukere".[3]

Promotion and releaseEdit

Iyanya and his management team celebrated the successful completion of the album by launching the two-concert series called "Iyanya vs. Desire". The first concert was held at Abuja's International Conference Centre on 24 February 2013; it featured additional performances from D'banj, M.I, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Flavour N'abania, May D, Vector, Kcee, Slo-Flo, Addiction, I-Sick and Tekno Miles. The second concert was held at the Eko Hotel & Suites on 2 March 2013; it featured additional performances from D'banj, M.I, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Timaya, Flavour N'abania, Davido, Seyi Shay, May D, Bracket, Vector, Iceberg Slim and Lola Rae.[4][5]

Iyanya promoted the album in London by performing at the Indigo02 Arena in London and at the HMV Ritz in Manchester. The Indigo02 concert was held on 9 June 2013 while the gig at HMV Ritz was held on 14 June 2013.[6][7]

SinglesEdit

The D'Tunes-produced track "Kukere" was released on 4 December 2011 as the album's lead single. Its music video was directed by Patrick Elis.[8] The Emma Nyra-assisted track "Ur Waist" was released on 8 July 2012 as the album's second single. Its music video was directed by Clarence Peters.[9] The D'banj-assisted remix of "Kukere" was released on 20 August 2012 as the album's third single. The D'Tunes-produced track "Flavour" was released on 10 November 2012 as the album's fourth single. The music video for the song was directed by Mr. Moe Musa.[10] "Sexy Mama" and "Jombolo" were released on 6 February and 12 June 2013 as the album's fifth and sixth singles, respectively. The former features vocals by Wizkid while the latter features vocals by Flavour N'abania.[11][12]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Nigerian Entertainment Today     [13]
Jaguda     [14]

Desire received generally mixed reviews from music critics. A writer for TayoTV assigned 7 stars out of 10, saying some of the tracks on the album were "awesome and some were below par."[15] In a less enthusiastic review, Ayomide Tayo of Nigerian Entertainment Today said the album is "nothing more than a product of the times we live in" and called it a "pop driven LP aimed at pleasing a demography that loves beats and dance, at the expense of lyrics". Music blog Jaguda gave the album 2.5 stars out of 5, criticizing it for being a "jam-packed project with very shallow and monotonous club and radio friendly cuts which will hold grounds individually but as a body of work, it falls flat on its face." Wilfred Okiche, whose review was on YNaija website, called the album "mediocre" and said majority of the artists on the project "cannot see past their hunger for fame and today’s club banger".[16]

AccoladesEdit

Desire was nominated for Album of the Year and Best R&B/Pop Album at The Headies 2013.[17]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2013 The Headies Album of the Year Nominated
Best R&B/Pop Album Nominated

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Badman" (featuring M.I)
  • Iyanya Mbuk
  • Jude Abaga
Mr. Chidoo3:59
2."Ekaette" (featuring Tekno)
  • Mbuk
  • Augustine Kelechi
GospelOnDeBeatz3:22
3."Gasegbe"MbukLaxio Beats3:03
4."Marry Me"MbukMr. Chidoo3:08
5."Flavour"MbukD'Tunes4:18
6."Limbo"MbukYoung D2:50
7."Whine" (featuring May D)
  • Mbuk
  • Akinmayokun Awodumila
D'Tunes3:08
8."Jombolo" (featuring Flavour N'abania)
  • Mbuk
  • Chinedu Okoli
GospelOnDeBeatz3:33
9."Some More" (featuring Yung L)
  • Mbuk
  • Christopher Omenye
D'Tunes4:46
10."Ur Waist" (featuring Emma Nyra)
  • Mbuk
  • Emma Obi
D'Tunes4:14
11."I Gat It"MbukMr Chidoo3:07
12."Somebody" (featuring Tiwa Savage)
  • Mbuk
  • Tiwatope Savage
GospelOnDeBeatz3:50
13."Little Things"MbukD'Tunes3:02
14."Sexy Mama" (featuring Wizkid)
  • Mbuk
  • Ayodeji Balogun
D'Tunes3:31
15."Kukere"MbukD'Tunes3:43
16."Your Man" (featuring Vector)
  • Mbuk
  • Olanrewaju Ogunmefun
D'Tunes3:05
17."Drowning"MbukTee-Y Mix4:03
18."Kukere (Remix)" (featuring D'banj)
  • Mbuk
  • Oladapo Oyebanjo
D'Tunes4:28
19."Bust Me Brain"MbukD'Tunes5:11
Total length:67:41

PersonnelEdit

  • Iyanya – primary artist
  • Emma Nyra – featured artist
  • M.I – featured artist
  • D'banj – featured artist
  • Wizkid – featured artist
  • Tiwa Savage – featured artist
  • Flavour N'abania – featured artist
  • May D – featured artist
  • Tekno – featured artist
  • Yung L – featured artist
  • Tee-Y Mix – producer
  • D'Tunes – producer
  • Mr. Chidoo – producer
  • GospelOnDeBeatz – producer
  • Young D – producer
  • Patrick Elis – video director
  • Mr. Moe Musa – video director
  • Clarence Peters – video director
  • Sesan – video director

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Nigeria 6 February 2013 CD, Digital download Made Men Music Group

ReferencesEdit

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