With soldier video, Falz finally wins dad’s blessings



Barely a week after he won AMVCA 2016 Best Actor in a Comedy, beating other contenders such as IK Ogbonna, Kelechi Udegbe, Ime Bishop and comedian Akpororo, singer Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, has finally released video of Soldier, from his album Stories That Touch The Heart.

The official premiere of the music video, which was held at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema, Victoria Island, Lagos, had in attendance notable players in the showbiz industry, friends and family members of the artistes, including his father Femi Falana, who despite his busy schedule, graced the event to celebrate his lawyer son, who has found fame and fortune in entertainment.

Directed by Clarence Peters, the video featured X3M music singer Simisola Ogunleye otherwise known as Simi, and tells an emotional story of love, using act and comedy to drive the message. The track is one of the songs off his second album and a follow up to his earlier releases for Ello Bae, Karishika, Celebrity Girlfriend and Clap, which he dropped early in the year. The film was shot for 48 hours in Epe area of Lagos.

In a chat with the artiste, he aid, “we experienced a lot of difficulties while working on the video due to the location or work. I actually want to change the game; I just try to do something that has never been done, I want to merge the music and movie into one. I want to showcase the depth in my music so that people can look beyond ‘Falz the funny guy,” he said.

On the message behind the track, he said, “if you want to toast a lady, you need to be strategic; show that you can go a long way for her love. You don’t need to force a lady to love you, just let something happen naturally.”

In his brief remark, his father Femi Falana said, “I thought he’s going to be a fantastic lawyer, but I have no regret that you have chosen a good path for yourself. I have fought the brutalisation of our people by the military and, so, when I see your film, I see a lot of the normal militarisation of the normal African soldier. I think the sky will not even be the limit; I hope you keep it up,” he said.

He added, “With what I’ve seen, am going to consult with your mummy tonight so that we can also put in some support. As people says ‘if your masquerade dances well, you will be very happy. I think you have dance very well today,” the legal luminary declared.

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