Following huge international hype around her single ‘Addicted’ this past July, multi-award-winning Nigerian artiste Niniola dropped her much-anticipated album COLOURS AND SOUNDS this month. Celebrated as the “Queen of Afro-House” across the globe and endorsed by international giants like Beyoncé and Drake, this Nigerian singer unites the Continent and the African Diaspora on her latest offering COLOURS AND SOUNDS.
Incorporating influences from South Africa’s hypnotic Amapiano sound to Jamaican dancehall and elements of vintage Afrobeat, the album is unique in its undertaking.
The album was co-produced by musical icon and Verzuz co-founder Timbaland, Niniola’s long-time collaborator Sarz (Beyoncé, Drake), Nigerian beatmakers Kel-P and Nonso Amadi, South African Shuffle Muzik and Teflon Zincfence (Chronixx, Koffee); from Jamaica.
U.K. Afrowave boss Afro B appears on “My Body,” while South Africa’s Busiswa brings gqom flavour to the hypnotic “Oh Sharp.” Nigerian music icon Femi Kuti adds his distinctive sax tones on the Afrobeat-inspired “Fantasy,” and Kenyan quartet Sauti Sol bring a mix of reggae and Afropop vibes to the sunny, Kel P-produced “So Serious.”
With such diverse musical flavours throughout the album, NINIOLA’s vocals always remain singular and authentic as she brings her A-game to all 13 tracks.
“My music is colourful and vibrant — it’s travelled across borders and it’s being played by different ethnicities, whether black or white,” NINIOLA says, “even though my root genre is Afro-House, I can do it all -— R&B, pop, folk. So I am basically a girl of many Colours and Sounds.”
Also check out her music latest video for the Shuffle Muzik-produced Look Like Me. Directed by Clarence Peters, NINIOLA plays an array of colourful characters, reflecting the track’s celebration of individualism and women’s empowerment.
For more on NINIOLA and her mission, watch her appearance on this week’s edition of CNN International’s African Voices HERE. Get ready for Niniola to switch up the game in 2021 on her own terms.
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- NIGHT AND DAY feat. NONSO AMADI
- INNOCENT (FAGBO)
- SO SERIOUS feat. SAUTI SOL
- LOOK LIKE ME
- BODA SODIQ
- OH SHARP feat. BUSISWA
- SKIT (TIMBALAND)
- FIRE feat. TIMBALAND
- MY BODY feat. AFRO B
- FANTASY feat. FEMI KUTI
- DESIGNER feat. SARZ
- OMO RAPALA
- ADDICTED (EXTENDED MIX)