Friday the 13th is notoriously famous for its scary nature popularly inspired by the movie cult classic but that was not the case this year in the Queen city of Regina. Afro-fusion artist Rooky hosted a concert along with his band called The Bad HVBITS at the prestigious The Exchange, we also saw exhilarating performances by other artists in the city like Lynks, Zochi , Alexander James , Zweii and TOVA. The music was majorly Afrobeats , Hiphop and Rnb and was played by Regina based female DJ “DJ Rain” and hosted by the enigmatic Chris Omas as the MC.
here are some photos from the event shot by Rick the photographer .
The process of creating this song started from my search on what “Afro” influenced genre or style that I can deliver , I had decided that the instrumentation would guide my song writing as I wanted the muse to guide my Melodies.
It was about 1/2am one early morning and after a remote studio session with my friend and long time producer Skyler “Cools” from Saskatoon. We decided to work on an Afrobeats record which lead to an intriguing brainstorming process. After he laid out the beat idea , I started my song writing process.
Inna Eyes was written with a two dimensional point of view in mind. It’s a love story that speaks about the beauty of requited love and also appreciation of that feeling . while fully knowing the dangers of all that could go wrong but enjoying the moment and staying true to the essence of that love.
The song starts with the whistling and choral “Don’t stop turning me on” from Rooky , accompanied by William Burnett’s guitar licks. For sonically pleasing Melodies we can hear the sonorous voice of Nini Jegz at the Last chorus of the song. After which William comes back with the body swaying “Guitar Solo” which simply differentiates “Inna Eyes” from your regular Afrobeats song.
After a couple Weeks with the recording process at both regina and Saskatoon trips respectively and an exchange with the sound engineer “Rosesonic” , we found ourselves on your way to Weyburn for the Music Video shoot with the talented and creative genius “Christopher” of Phantasma Photography.
We also had models – Ariana Donovan and Franka Dior on set for the music video. We decided not to go with the usual flow of a music video and tried a more experimental burlesque -type imagery which seemed to work perfectly fine with our vision.
The Music video is set to release in less than 48 hours (28th Feb) and I’m so pumped and excited to share this creative project. If you haven’t heard the song, kindly check out this link below 👇🏾 lyrics would be updated on all digital streaming platforms as soon as possible as well.
The adversity of the cold fingers of winter and the ever raging jaws of the “Pandemic” was not enough to stop the fans of live local music from coming to my first headlined concert “ Afrodisiac” which took place in Cloud 9 Live in Regina on Saturday the 8th of January.
Featuring performances from various artist from both Regina and Saskatoon , we had a fair share of exhilarating performances , melodic vibes and vocal dexterity leaving the attendees yearning for another possible concert in the future *Fingers crossed*
We had superb performances from ROOKY featuring tracks from his forthcoming Sophomore EP which is titled “SATORI” (more info to be announced later) with Alexander James on keys , William Barnett on Guitars and Eric Vass on the Bass guitar, to the sonorous vocals of Nini Jegz, Joseph Shane and Zochi! We had the ground hoping to IIsaiah Bennett’s summer vibrations as well as the Duo Stage terror of Macc Davis and T Deniro and finally Afrobeat wave from Zweii. Music was provided by DJ Jeriko and Mc’d by Vibya and Vuyo.
Photographer Quentin Friesen was on ground to capture the memories of one of the most musically diverse concerts in the city this year and here is a montage of images that tell the visual story about the nights activities!
As we draw closer to the end of summer , I figured I needed to put out some music for my people before we heard back into the cocoon of winter ; when the parties are less and the vibrant energy that the sun brings begins to fade away. “SHIVA” is my stylized term coined from the English word “SHIVER” which is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “ a quiver , quake or shudder which occurs as a response to cold , fear or excitement” . Drawing from that analogy, The song seeks to define the feeling of “Shiva’s” we can experience when we are in the presence of a beautiful energy (soul). It also eulogizes the feminine prowess and the admiration of their bodily abilities. In simple terms, I decided to give y’all a gbedu!
To portray this , I decided to go with the rhythmic influence of Afrobeats with the help of Virtouso Producer “Wizad” , aided by writings from the my self and Ladi Samuel. The sound engineering was done by Sir Bastien. This single is a gate way to more melodious sounds as I am gearing towards my sophomore EP release which I am frankly very excited about (rumours say it would drop end of August or Early September)
The Song is going to be available worldwide on the 20th of August ,2021. On all digital streaming platforms! and I hope it makes you “Shiva!”
I mean it’s being a year now since I came out of my hiatus and it’s being quite a journey back in the music world. From releasing my debut EP “Worlds Apart” (can be found on any store) to releasing a couple of singles , switching between sounds and experimenting on my rhythm and also diversifying my aesthetics to position my brand in a more relatable fashion. I’m a work in progress , an uncut gem but you know what they say , the more the pressure , the shinier the gold! I can’t wait to share all the beautiful music I have being working on all 2021 and I can only thank and appreciate y’all who have taken out your time to reach out and also support my music in your various ways ; little or big!
A couple months ago , I had an interview with a Canadian radio station called “Master Class Radio” based in Calgary, hosted by Radio Maestro “Steve”for about 24+ minutes and it was a wonderful experience , we shared ideas and talked at learnt about my music , our shared love for our homeland Nigeria amongst other things… we also gave an exclusive *shhh* if you didn’t catch it , here’s a link below
My latest single “Luv Me” (Produced by Tony Andrew x Andre Vibez) was also featured on a Canadian playlist by the Pr Diva for a musical platform called Digimillenials which focuses on bridging the gap between African artist living in the diaspora (Canada) to their people back home by introducing their sounds to a familiar audience. Big thanks to The Pr Diva for the feature. To check out the feature and other songs that may capture your interest check out the link below
2021 has been off to a fairly good start, I mean asides the Covid-19 situation and what not but nevertheless we are alive and thriving and that’s what’s important. I got so many reviews on my last release and decided to switch the vibe up a bit and this gave birth to my latest release! An RNB ballad titled “LUV ME” This masterpiece is Produced by Austrian Powerhouse ‘Tony Andrew’ and mix and mastered by Maven’s Finest and Iconic “Andre Vibes”.
On this record, I intend to set the record straight on my intentions for my love affair employing the use of effortlessly sonorous melodies, catchy lyrics and chill-like instrumentation that sets the mood, tempo and vibe for lovers and listeners alike. The message is also clearly stated in the lyrics though there is a switch from Nigerian Pidgin English to normal English here and there but still clear enough to accomplish its mission – your listening pleasure…
Kindly click the link below to access my new music!
its almost Valentine and love is in the air! or not… Pain and Pleasure was inspired by true life events much like all my songs but this specific song happened to come after a tough fall out with a love affair. it got me thinking about how we never take into consideration the two sides of the coin called a relationship and in this regard ; A romantic affair. when there’s supposed love and romance , we tend to only notice the sweet butterflies and colorful roses but then again every rose has its thorns. in a nutshell, every romantic relationship has its good sides and its bad sides , if one is not prepared to face these consequences then there shouldn’t be a union in the first place.
The Song was recorded, mixed and mastered by Walter Ernest, Produced by NIgerian producer AndroFlexin. it is due to be available on all other digital streaming platforms from the 18th of February 2021.
Kindly Enjoy “PAIN AND PLEASURE” along with its lyrics on my Youtube Channel below … also don’t forget to drop a comment and share to your loved ones!