Mama Joanna (Official Music Video)

‘Mama Joanna’ is Zomadee’s debut song.

It is a story of survival. A woman picks up her children and moves from a small town to a big city–Lagos. She struggles, succeeds eventually and people celebrate that she finally became an ‘Oga’.

The original studio work was done at the Sugarhill Recording Studios in Houston, Texas by the  talented trio of  Austin Smith (of A SEA ES), Jonathan Chan and Chris Longwood.

The final ‘Afromatic’ beat was done by Nigeria’s ace Producer Chris Okoro and his team in Lagos

Special Thanks

Keith Mays and his wife Mona contributed immeasurably. Their six-year-old daughter Peyton Mays sang the rhythm at the middle of the song.

Stephanie Yates, Meloney Bell and Sharon Price gave their all to sing the background vocals.

Ever smiling, beautiful Romelda Doherty played Mama Joanna in the video. Her young daughter Logan was there too.

My sincere thanks also go to Endia Crawford, Chelsea Shepherd, Rodrique Burns, Fazal Hosein, Daniel Smith and Shola Adebayo.

Chukwuji and Harriet Udenkwo provided the costume for the video.

The management and staff of The Barcenas Mexican Restaurant assisted with logistics for the video.

Viz Tv Media shot the video and also did the impressive art cover for ‘Mama Joanna’. Good Job!

I am also acknowledging Ivan Bruce  Sharita Bernier, Heather Roscoe, Mario Velasquez, Emmanuel Okwuonu, Jaime Gonzales, Ken Overton, O’dean Walters, Brook Hall (watch out for the Croc) and all the good people at Carmax.

Lyrics for ‘Mama Joanna’

Chakpee, woor

Chakpee, woor

This na true true story, na true true story

This na fine fine story, na fine fine story

 

She wake up one morning

One morning, one morning

She pick up her children

Her children, her children

 

She come do long journey

When she reach one valley

People start to say, to say, to say

 

Mama Joanna just just dey land

Mama Joanna just just dey land Mama

Joanna just just dey land for Lagos

 

She come go Oshodi

Oshodi, Oshodi

She set up canopy

Canopy, canopy

 

She come dey sell rice

She come dey sell moi-moi

People start to say, to say, to say

 

Mama Joanna want be oga

Mama Joanna want be oga

Mama Joanna want be oga for Lagos

 

Mama Jojo, bring your broom, Sweep your shop and keep it clean

 

She come get good lucky

Good lucky, good lucky

She come buy jalopy

Jalopy, jalopee-pee

 

She come dey build house

For Yaba and Alaba

People start to say, to say, to say

 

Mama Joanna don be oga

Mama Joanna don be oga

Mama Joanna don be oga for Lagos

 

This na fine fine story, na  fine fine story

Survival story, survival story

 

Mama Morayo don be oga

Mama Theresa don be oga

Mama Fatimo don be oga for Lagos

 

Mama Gemimi don be oga

Mama Chinelo don be oga

Mama Maria don be oga for Lagos