Sunday, July 24, 2022

What The Word "Yanga" & The Word "Fanta" Mean In Rema's 2022 Hit Nigerian Afrobeats Song "Calm Down"

Rema, Feb. 11, 2022
Total # views as of July 24, 2022 at 12:46 PM EDT  - 

Total # views as of December 5, 2022 at 8:32 AM ET  - 262,088,466 Update: Total # of views as of April 1, 2023 at 9:30 AM EDT - 422,709,954

Edited by Azizi Powell

Latest Update- April 1, 2023

This pancocojams post provides information about the Nigerian rapper Rema and showcases the official YouTube video of the Nigerian Afrobeats song "Calm Down" by Rema.

This post also presents information about the word "yanga" and the word "Fanta" in that song. 

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Thanks to Rema and all those who are associated with this song and video. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.
Click for the complete lyrics to this song.
Here's the portion of that song that includes the words "Fanta" and "Yanga" :

Baby, calm down, calm down
Girl, this your body e put in my heart for lockdown, for lockdown, oh lockdown
Girl, you sweet like Fanta ooh, Fanta ooh
If I tell you, say, "I love you," no dey form yanga oh, oh yanga oh
No tell me no, no, no, no, woah, woah, woah, woah
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh"

Click for a YouTube video of Nigerian singer Rema's viral remix of this song with American singer Selena Gomez.   

INFORMATION ABOUT REMA [Update: Dec 5, 2022]
Divine Ikubor (born 1 May 2000)[1] professionally known by his stage name Rema,[3] [4] is a Nigerian rapper, musician and performing artist. He rose to stardom with the release of the song "Dumebi". In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records.[5]


On 21 May 2019, Jonzing World, and Mavins released the music video of "Dumebi", a major breakout song from his self-titled EP, featuring a cameo appearance from Diana Eneje. The video was directed by Ademola Falomo and currently has 60 million views on YouTube.[17] Later that summer, In 2019, one of his other most popular songs from the EP* gained more popularity when it was placed on former president of the United States of America, Barack Obama's summer playlist.


In 7 September 2022, Rema received on stage an award during his London concert as his songs achieved 1 billon streamings worldwide."...

The Rema song that was on former President Barack Obama's summer playlist is titled  "Iron Man".Click for the official YouTube video of that song.

These excerpts are given in chronological order and are numbered for referencing purposes only.

From "You Dey Make “Yanga” – Origin of A Nigerian Slang" published by Wisdom O. Ogbor - Veracruz, Mexico, Posted on: Sunday, October 1st, 2017 
"It is on record that Nigeria is a group of people consisting of more than 350 tribes with more than 500 ethnic languages. It is very difficult to communicate in a country like this, however Nigerians have found a way to manage, using Pigeon English, or Broken English, a bastardized version of the English language that was introduced to Nigeria by British colonial masters.

If you grew up in Nigeria, you must have heard the word “Yanga” spoken in Pigeon English, or mixed up in other ethnic languages. “You dey make Yanga Tolotolo” meaning “You are showing off like a Turkey”. Or “No make Yanga o, you hear?”, meaning “Do not be too proud”, as in the advice of parents to their children going away from home for the first time to a school, or a new job."...


From "15 Popular Nigerian Slangs", October 3, 2018
… shakara and yanga are synonyms. These words mean showing off. When used in a sentence, one is said to be ‘doing shakara/yanga’, that is one is showing off. A lot of people show off, beautiful girls show off, talented people show off, intelligent people show off, people in the right of a situation show off and more. It is all shakara.”…

From "MUSICRema Calm Down Lyrics Meaning Explained" By Mandy, Posted on February 11, 2022
"Here’s a breakdown of the lyrics from Rema‘s latest single ‘Calm Down’ from his second studio album, Rave & Roses.

Rema released the lead single ‘Calm down’ from his upcoming second studio album, Rave & Roses, a few days before valentines day.

In the song, Rema sings about a lady who got a banging body that’s causing lockdown to his heart. He also makes references to fanta coca-cola drink, as well as some slang in Edo, yanga.

[a clip of that video is inserted here]

Here’s a breakdown of the meaning behind the lyrics of Rema’s new smash song ‘calm down’.”Girl you sweet like Fanta if I tell you I love you no dey form yanga”

“Baby calm down girl this your body dey put my heart for lockdown.”

According to Rema, his heart skips a beat for the girl’s voluptuous body.

“Girl you sweet like Fanta”

He made a reference to Ketchup & Flavour 2021 single ‘Sweet’, where they say: “Your body sweet like Fanta Coca-Cola body”

“if I tell you I love you no dey form yanga”

This is a very popular slang among the Edo people the Benin-born singer professes his love to the girl, who is sweet like Fanta, and told her to stop playing too hard to get.”…
Here's information about Fanta from From
"Fanta is a brand of fruit-flavored carbonated soft drinks.


During the Second World War, the US established a trade embargo against Nazi Germany, making the export of Coca-Cola syrup difficult.[2] To circumvent this, Max Keith, the head of Coca-Cola Deutschland (Coca-Cola GmbH), decided to create a new product for the German market, using only ingredients available in Germany at the time, including beet sugar, whey (a cheese byproduct), and apple pomace—the "leftovers of leftovers", as Keith later recalled.[2][3] The name was the result of a brainstorming session, which started with Keith's exhorting his team to "use their imagination" (Fantasie in German), to which one of his salesmen, Joe Knipp, retorted "Fanta!".[3]

The German plant was cut off from Coca-Cola headquarters following America's entry into the war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. After the war, The Coca-Cola Company regained control of the plant, formula, and the trademarks to the new Fanta product—as well as the plant profits made during the war.

…During the war, the Dutch Coca-Cola plant in Amsterdam (N.V. Nederlandse Coca-Cola Maatschappij) suffered the same difficulties as the German Coca-Cola plant. Keith put the Fanta brand at the disposal of the Dutch Coca-Cola plant, of which he had been appointed the official caretaker. Dutch Fanta had a different recipe from German Fanta, elderberries being one of the main ingredients.[4]

Fanta production was discontinued when the German and Dutch Coca-Cola branches were reunited with their parent company after 1945. Following the launch of several drinks by Pepsi-Cola in the 1950s, Coca-Cola relaunched Fanta in 1955. The drink was heavily marketed in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, although it did not become widely available in the United States until the 1960s because the company feared it would undermine the strong market position of their flagship cola.[5]"...

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