‘Jesu’, is a Yoruba rendition of the popular contemporary hymn ‘Yesu’ written by award-winning versatile gospel artiste Cwesi Oteng, off his special Easter EP titled ‘Yesu EP (An African Ode to Jesus)’
The beauty of this song was brought to life by Nikki, who did the translation and singing in Yoruba.
When Cwesi reached out to me 3 years ago about creating a Yoruba version of his song, I totally fell in love with the idea of recording a song from start to finish in my local dialect and as expected, it was an indescribable, explosive expression of raw emotion in the studio booth and beyond.
Singing to God in Yoruba gets me super emotional every time as my soul obviously connects in deep ways that I can’t even comprehend.
It was also fun working with my mum as she helped translate and also sat with me in the studio, to ensure that I pronounced the words and intonations correctly as this would be my very first 100% concentrated Yoruba song.”- Nikki Shares.
Also Speaking about the song, Cwesi Oteng shares: ‘’The song ‘Jésù’ from the collaboration with Nikki Laoye is very special to me. It took us three years to get the song completed after Nikki sent the vocals. There was a lot that happened between those three years that could have made us lose the files, but God wanted this time to actualize the song and the EP.
Nikki is an anointed singer with a heavenly voice and so it is an honor for me to work with her on the song. I believe this song is anointed and has been prepared to touch many lives across Africa and beyond,’’
“JÉSÙ” is also one of the singles on Cwesi’s “YESU EP (An African Ode to Jesus)” – a specially curated EP for the Easter festive season.
Song produced by KODA.
Full EP is available of Aftown for streaming and download.