Just like it is normal for any popular song to have various covers, Beyonce’s song which featured Nigerian singer Wizkid “Brown Skin Girl” got lots of covers as usual, but a particular one caught the attention of many. Buzzing Nigerian singer Maj did her cover of the song but she had to change some lyrics on it which titled in support for “light skin girl” instead of the original “brown skin girl”, and as expected it blew up on social media.
Maj’s video in no time went viral in turn garnering backlash and more exposure and in no time caught the attention of BET who interviewed the upcoming singer to further understand why she decided on refixing the song.
In Maj’s words; ”My intention was simply to spread love. It’s all about love. The original song has a beautiful positive message about self-love and acceptance. In the spirit of that, I created my version…really talking to myself and affirming myself in Beyoncé’s message.”
“At the end of it all, we are all black women. We face the same struggles and have to overcome the same obstacles. Changing the lyrics to Light Skin Girl was never meant to be divisive…it was all about my desire to see myself in the celebration of melanated beauty.”
On the negative responses received, she said; “I’m most disappointed that me changing the lyrics was seen as disrespect to the overall message of self-love and pride in one’s complexion,” she said. She added, “However, I am an artist, and if nothing else, this has blasted open the doors on the conversations about colorism and inclusion; self-hate and self-love. If I can ever be a part of something that brings dialogue to the forefront, I’m for it.”