The new kings and queens tend to understand the music industry more. They know that they all were not called to do Afropop or Afrosoul or Afro-reggae. They have carefully picked their genres and they are making crazy waves with their decisions. In today’s episode of Artistes in Focus, we will feature Niniola; the Afro Queen and Wurld.
Niniola Apata is our very own Afro queen. She is known professionally as Niniola. She is a talented Nigerian singer and songwriter. She became popular after she left the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa in 2013 as the third runner up. Niniola already has an iconic background story. Her father was the famous Army Brigadier General S.O Apata who was assassinated in 1995. She is also the sister to Teni Makanaki; another beautiful singer. After releasing her debut single “Ibadi”, she was nominated for Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2015 Nigerian awards entertainment.
Her style of music is pure Afro. She described it as Afrohouse. It is a blend of Afrobeat and house music. Afro House is a sub-genre of House music, with its roots predominantly in South Africa. A fusion of Kwaito, Tribal, Deep and Soulful House music, in South Africa it is classed as Deep House or Soulful House, although it has its own unique sound. Africa is the birthplace of mankind and music, and this is reflected in the musical composition. The aesthetics in Niniola’s videos are legendary and tells the story of a black African woman. She is able to blend Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Madonna and Angélique Kidjo.
Niniola is signed to Drumroll Record label. She released the Sarz-produced single “Maradona” in 2017. The song was so much of an African Vibe that it spent 13 weeks on South Africa’s Metro FM chart. It also retained the number 1 position for 6 weeks on that Chart. She earned nominations at the 2018 BET Awards and SAMAs for Maradona. Her latest piece is her album; Colours and Sounds which is a perfect album name.
If you listen to WurLD, then you have a beautiful taste of music. WurLD is a Nigerian songwriter and singer. He is also a record producer. Sadiq Onifade is his real name. He was born in Lagos by he later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. When he was asked to describe his type of music, he said it is an electro-fusion. This means that WurLD is able to blend electronic music with soul, pop and other genres of music.
His music career started in 2012 when he released his first single; Beyond Our Dreams. This single was from his Debut EP called Evolution. He later released Show You Off and Better Days in 2016. His songwriting prowess can be traced back to the lyrics of Davido’s Blow My Mind featuring Chris brown. Now, he has a Hit single; Trobul. He is also under the WEARGVDS record label. His latest project is titled, afrosoul deluxe. It is a testament of his prowess and creativity.
He won the male category of the Headies’ Best Vocal Performance in 2019. In 2017, He got nominated for the Best Diaspora Act at the Nigerian Entertainment Award alongside Rotimi and Wale.
Every artiste has their own sound, this is what makes the world of music diverse and beautiful! Variety is the spice of life, we encourage you to indulge.
Playlist of the Week
Choplifecrew ft mojo, tim lyre- HURRICANE
Tuzi, asake, 1da banton- SHANOR
Reminisce ft Adekunle Gold- TOXIC
Joe boy- CELEBRATION
Roxie ft Mohbad- KPK(KO POR KE)
DJ tunez ft Olamide- REQUIRE
Kwesi Arthur ft Joeboy- BAAJO
Tina masawi- RIDE FOR ME( OF 91 EP)
Karun- CATCH VIBES
Victor Collins- BEAUTIFUL.
Tomi Obanure- WICKEDEST
REMEMBER, NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE.