Nigerian artist Demola isn’t afraid to do things differently and to mix it up when it comes to his music. Although his usual style is Afrobeat, for his latest single, ‘Light Up’, the unmistakeable sound of a violin turns up mere seconds into the track. It shouldn’t work: the rhythm is a full on bounce, buoyant and packed full of sunshine; the violin is breezy, and cool – like a walk through a forest. It shouldn’t work – but somehow – it does.
Sex People started with Knarfy, a sixth-generation Southern Californian. He had two unsuccessful monogamous romances – each lasting a year – and after tasting all that LA had to offer, realised he was polysexual. Soon after, Knarfy’s mother died suddenly, and after a year’s grieving and celibacy, Knarfy met F.I.T., a Nigerian-born hip hiop artist. F.I.T. had travelled the world the previous five years, and finally found himself in Los Angeles, in search of his part of the American dream. The pair hit it off and formed Sex People, slowly bringing in a variety of singers, musicians, and artists into the group. Their debut EP, ‘Cal-Island: Season One’, is set for release on January 11, with the first single, the experimental pop track ‘Sanctuary City’ out now.
UK based singer songwriter and rapper DR SNIZZ has big plans not just for his personal music but also for the industry altogether. An actual doctor, he’s created a label, SNIZZ Records and a music career, alongside his medical practice. DR SNIZZ combines R&B style with rap, and Afro-pop elements, influenced by his Nigerian heritage. The result is an original sound flooded with positivity.
When she was growing up in Nigeria, Charity Ekeke saved up all her money to buy a Record Song Book, once every six months. With these she learned songs from The Beatles, Nat King Cole, Cliff Richard, and so on.
Since that time she’s moved to the California, and has poured all the knowledge she gained from learning these songs into her music, and has now released her debut album, ‘She’.
Dobolo, a Nigerian-born artist living in Japan, knows that music knows no boundaries, and that the best of it is able to travel across continents and oceans. As one of the several thousand Nigerians living in Japan (the Japanese Ministry Of Internal Affairs places the figure at 2,638), Dobolo is introducing new styles and genres into Japanese culture.