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Raffeal… Tales of naija’s ‘Bad Boy’

By Guardian Nigeria
30 October 2022   |   2:14 am
Poised to become an earcandy to free-spirited music lovers, fast-rising Nigerian-American singer, Raffeal, returns with a club banger dubbed, Bounce. On the Dabz-assisted song, the young maverick goes on a breezy expression of lust, channelling his inner bad boy energy that has since coloured his discography. In the league of artistes who remain confident in…

Poised to become an earcandy to free-spirited music lovers, fast-rising Nigerian-American singer, Raffeal, returns with a club banger dubbed, Bounce. On the Dabz-assisted song, the young maverick goes on a breezy expression of lust, channelling his inner bad boy energy that has since coloured his discography.

In the league of artistes who remain confident in sharing their realities, without overthinking the burden of public opinion, Raffeal stands out as one to reckon with. With his fast-paced delivery on the urban instrumental, he coils Bounce as an anthem for sultry youthful adventures. The song itself is a light-hearted bop, with zero appeal for anyone interested in didactic music; but it is definitely one likely to stick in your ear, and mind, if you are part of the school of thought that cares only about the music.

One thing with Raffeal, however, is that he stays true to his nature, till the end. After starting his career making Christian gospel music, Raffeal seems to have made a twist with his creative muses. In this interview with the Guardian, he discusses his newly-found desire for secular music, his eccentric creative inspirations and what’s next for Raffeal.

Congrats on the new record. How does it feel for you?
Thank you so much & honestly speaking It feels more than amazing words can’t describe it especially since I decided to take a few months off music, releasing this song felt like I was getting something off my chest.

What inspired the record?
A big fat Ass. Honestly me and dabz were in the studio free styling and we made like 3 songs that night and this song was one of em and as soon as we finished it we knew it was gonna be one of them.

When did you dabble into music?
I fell in love with music at the age 12 when I started playing the piano in Nigeria and started playing for my choir over here in America, but I didn’t start recording this style of music that we know today called Afrobeat till early 2021 and I honestly believe I just started getting better at it.

What has kept you going as an artiste?
The love for music and the drive to be better & successful has kept me going, I wanna prove a lot of people wrong.

Who are some of your major influences as an artiste?
My major insurances are Wizkid, Burna boy, Rod wave, victony, and
I find the majority of them myself.

Are you working on any body of work?
At the moment I am not right now all I’m doing is just trying to get better I wanna be really good at this music thing I wanna master it I wanna be the reason other people start making music, I wanna be the starter of the Afro / American wave in the U.S.A

Why the name RAFFEAL?
RAFFEAL is who I am that is what people have been calling me my whole life although it is spelled RA – PH – AE – L, but I had to change it up and make it unique and different I wanna stand out so when people see that name they know who it is and they respect that name. My birth name is Chukwuebuka Raphael Onyeise.

Who are some people you look forward to collaborating with?
Some people I can’t wait to work with and I believe I would make great music together with are Victony, American rapper J.i the prince of New York, Simi, FIREBOY, Omah lay, Ckay, Rod wave.

What’s your typical creative process?
I like to record alone and I am very selective with my beats. Some days I make the most amazing sounding music ever and some other days I make the worst type of music so it all depends on whatever I come across and how the vibe flows.

What would you say is your biggest strength as an artiste?
My biggest strength as an artist is that I know when I make a bad song or when I put out a bad song I feel like a lot of artist don’t have a proper team around them that is willing to tell them that they need to step back a little bit and work on their craft a little bit more.

As an artiste, what are some of your core challenges in the industry?
My core challenges in the industry is consistency because if we are being honest the music industry revolves around money so if money no dey how you go take promote your music, also me being in America makes it more difficult for my target audience to find me and listen to my music.

What do you think are solutions?
I believe some solutions that could help would be signing a record deal and definitely moving back to Nigeria for a few months.

What’s next for you in your career?
I honestly don’t know yet I guess we will all have to wait and see.

If you could describe yourself in one sentence, what would it be?
I am a Dedicated intelligent mastermind.