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The meaning of Kizz Daniel’s Buga

Let me see you go low, low, low,

Let me see you go low, low, low

Buga o

Its the song of the moment, gaining momentum on social media particularly on Tik-tok. There are some interesting fact surrounding the song, lets find out.

1. What Buga means

The word buga is originally Yoruba but it is used around Nigeria, so its also considered a Nigerian broken-English slang referring – hyping yourself, showing off or standing up tall hence you see Kizz Daniel and TikTok-ers ‘raising their shoulders’ when the word buga comes up in the song.

2. What the song is saying

The song in general is a feel good song about living and enjoying life after working hard.

Most of the song is sang in Yoruba with some English and Nigerian Pidgin English.

A social media user attempts to explain what buga means – it is also reflected in the lyrics

3. Recognition

The song, so popular, hit over 2.5 million in just 8 days on YouTube with 275 million views of various TikTok videos made with the tune.

The song has so far topped no 1 in 13 countries on Apple music – Ghana, Cameroon, Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Malawi, Gambia and of course Nigeria.

4. A little about the artist Kizz Daniel

Kizz Daniel – formerly Kiss Daniel until a court case forced the change of name – is a riding force in the Nigerian music industry, along with Tekno. The two are known for producing back to back hits.

Fiercely private about his life, the artist whose real name is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe of Yoruba descent welcomed triplets, Jamal, Jalil and Jelani, with an unknown woman. Sadly Jamal died four days after birth.

Tekno is of Igbo descent, his real name is Augustine Miles Kelechi, born in December 1992. The 29 year old has a 4 year old girl, Skye, born May 2018 with fellow artist, Lola Rae.

5. Buga full lyrics (plus translation)

Intro

Hey!
Don’t Sleep
Don’t Sleep
Wake up
Collect your money (Collect your money)
Wake up, eh!
Collect your money (Collect your money)
Wake up
Giddem – Give them

Verse 1

Gbe’ra, gbe’ra – Yoruba slang for move
Gbe’ra go get that mullah (wake up)
Moni ko kala – Be wicked
Kala gbowo yẹn oh – Wicked in collecting money
Kala gbowo yẹn lọwọ dealer – Wicked in collecting money from the dealer
You don work, you don try (try) – you worked, you have done well
You suppose to dey jaiye (jaiye) you should be enjoying
Kilo kan mi kan pesin matter o – What concerns me with someone else’s situation
Pesin wey don mad, boy – when the person has gone mad
When I land, I land softly on a sofa floor
So far, so good, koni baje – so far, so good, it will not spoil

Chorus

Let me see you go low, low, low
Let me see you go low, low, low
Buga wọn, lemme, buga wọn – let me see you show off
Lemme see you dey buga, go low, low, low
Lemme see you go low, low, low
Buga wọn, lemme buga wọn
Lemme see you dey buga o, go low, low, low
Lemme see you go low, low, low
Buga wọn, lemme buga wọn
Lemme see you dey buga o go low, low, low
Lemme see you go low, low, low
Buga wọn, lemme buga wọn
Lemme see you dey buga

Verse 2

Gbera, Oh Ai
Gbera o
Gbera
Go get that dollar (wake Up)
Ko Kala, kala gbowo yẹn oh – Be wicked, wickedly collect that money
Kala gbowo yẹn lọwọ dealer
You don work, you don try
You suppose to dey high – You should be getting high
Kilo kan wọn, o ṣẹ fun wọn – whats their business, you did for them
Pesin wey don mad – someone that is mad
When I land, I land softly on a sofa floor
So far, so good, koni baje

Chorus repeat

Outro

You don work, you don try
You suppose to dey fly (2x) – you should be flying high

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