I am all about catchy pop tunes. The lyrics don’t matter much to me in the beginning; it’s the music itself that gets me hooked. That’s probably why I think of Moby’s “Southside” as a happy song when it’s clearly not (it has always put a smile on my face!), but that’s a whole other story. Wait…where was I? Oh yes, catchy pop tunes.
A new artist was recently brought to my attention, and I have to say that “catchy” is only one of many fabulous words I’d use to describe his first single. His name is Mohombi. He is the 23-year-old son of a Swedish mother and a Congolese father, and he is a song writer, singer, dancer, and “superstar performer”, according to his official bio. His music, according to the same bio, combines African influences with a Global pop sensibility, and if you know me, you know what that means…it’s right up MY alley. When I first heard him, I thought of a sweeter, bouncier Sean Paul, if that even makes sense. (No? Never mind then.)
“Bumpy Ride” is the name of his first single, and it is F-U-N.
Okay, so I watched that video (literally) about ten times before I started paying attention to the lyrics.
“I wanna boom bang bang with your body yo
Were gonna rough it up before we take it slow
Girl lemme rock you rock you like a rodeo
(Its gonna be a bumpy ride)”
Oy vey. But I get it. As a (*cough cough*) 41-year-old fan (SUPERfan) of current pop music, I constantly walk the fine line between “Ack! Kids these days!” and “Yeah, I know, I know; this is how lyrics ARE these days…”. So I get over the innuendo and just enjoy the music, and isn’t that what artists want you to do anyway: enjoy?
Speaking of that, for added enjoyment, Mohombi has even put up an instructional video so you can learn the “Bumpy Ride dance”. I loved it; he’s adorable. And now, thanks to him, when you see me in the club (I wish!), I’ll be the one looking just like the girls in the video. Um, sort of.
“Bumpy Ride” is available on iTunes NOW (I bought it!). You can follow Mohombi on Twitter, too!