A couple of days ago, a certain video trended for a whole day and it was a video from a Nigerian lady who did a cover to Beyonce and Wizkid’s song, “Brown Skin Girls” but titled hers, “Light Skin Girl” that was supposedly meant for ladies with colour!
The cover was not well received and suffered a backlash from loyal fans of both artists who did the original version of the song.
Maj is a Nigerian artiste with K20 Entertainment and her latest controversy might have just shot her to stardom as the video of the cover she made on “Brown Skin Girls” went viral and was reposted on twitter more than a million times. Either good or bad, there’s nothing like bad publicity…..or what do you think?
She opened up as to why she decided to do her own version of the song in an interview with BET. She said;
“My inspiration for remaking Brown Skin Girl was to connect all of us black women through this song by including our more fair-skinned sisters. My intent was all about inclusion. I have great respect for Beyonce and the message that she conveyed through the lyrics of the song and I just wanted to feel more connected to the message and wanted others to feel the same.”
She also added that we all should be proud of ourselves as women and her goal was to share in the spirit of that pride. She continued in her expression in a bid to defend herself through the backlash. She continued;
“My intention was simply to spread love. It is all about love. The original song has a beautiful and positive message about self-love and acceptance. In the spirit of that, I created my version. I was really talking to myself and affirming myself in Beyonce’s message.”
She defended herself through it all as she added that, we face struggles as black women and also have to overcome them and her changing the lyrics to the song to “Light Skin Girl” was never meant to be divisive in any way.
On how she handled the negative responses she received on social media where the video was uploaded, she has this to say;
“I’m most disappointed that my changing the lyrics was seen as disrespect to the overall message of self-love and pride in one’s complexion. However, I am an artist and if nothing else, this has blasted open doors on the conversation about colourism and inclusion, self-hate and self-love. If I can ever be a part of something that brings the dialogue to the forefront, I’m for it.”