T-Klassiq – ‘Overcome’

Originally from Nigeria but now living in Montreal, Canada, T-Klassiq takes pop music and instils in it the iconic afro-beat sound of his home country. Taking inspiration from Western artists, the likes of Michael Jackson, and Akon, along with fellow African creatives such as Fela Anikulapo, and Kuti, T-Klassiq has melded for himself a beautiful Afro-pop sound, which is perfectly showcased in his new single, ‘Overcome’.

T-Klassiq started out aged 7 in his church choir in Nigeria, but didn’t get fully into music until he was studying in Canada, whereupon he released singled under the name of T-Classic, including ‘Logbayipe’, ‘Winner’, ‘The Source’, and ‘Omo Oodua’. 2020 however saw him redefine his branding and the name change is just the beginning.

On his T-Klassiq debut, ‘Overcome’, the singer is accompanied by Nigerian rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem, and Montreal-based Makossa artiste, Kevin Boy. Although “Jaga Jaga” singer Abdulkareem was unable to appear in the video, Kevin Boy is right there, making ‘Overcome’ his second collaboration with T-Klassiq.

‘Overcome’ is self-explanatory. Inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic, the song is an anthem of reassurance and a beacon of hope for those days when we can feel overburdened by the saturation of headlines and news flashes of doom and destruction. The sunny afro-beat and high spirited horns instil in the listener a feeling of joy and happiness, while Kevin Boy makes a multi-cultural performance, singing in French while proudly waving the Cameroon flag. Extras are dressed in cultural clothes and bright prints, cleverly distracting from the newspaper backdrop. The message is clear: while it’s important to keep abreast of all that’s going on in the world, it’s just as necessary to keep in mind that there is a future, and there will be victories for us.

Watch and be inspired by ‘Overcome’. You can find T-Klassiq online on his official website.

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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