Good music I got, good music you shall receive — Olakira
Nigerian Afropop singer and producer, Ade Ebenezer, popularly known as Olakira, recently hosted a private listening party at the Free Me Digital Space, Lekki, Lagos, where he performed tracks off his recently released EP, 4play.
With Producers such as SterryO, Drumatik, Simba Tagz, Mr Kamera, Qasebeatz, TBoy Daflame, and Olakira himself, the work, which features Tanzanian songstress, Zuchu, South African musicians, Sho Madjozi and Moonchild Sanelly, has won the heart of music lovers since its release.
The EP, which opens with fan favourite Sere featuring Tanzania’s Zuchu, offers four beautifully crafted songs and two bonus tracks. Gotchu is the second track of the EP. Produced by Drumatik, the track is a love song through and through dipped in a splash of highlife, about reassurance and dedication to one’s love.
With Hot Night, the artiste switches things up while in Call On Me, which features Sho Madjozi, Olakira shows his production skills alongside Tboy DaFlame in rhythms from the south of the continent akin to Master KG’s Jerusalema and Yvonne ChakaChaka’s Umqombothi. The bonus tracks of this brilliant body of work are For life and Summer Tim.
Sung in Yoruba, lbo, Pidgin and English, Olakira brings African sounds together in rich melodies that echo the heartbeat of the Motherland. The listening, organised by U&I Music is the artiste’s first hosted event since he came into the limelight in 2020, following the release of In My Maserati and Maserati Remix.
Hosted by Dotun and Moet Abebe, the listening session saw in attendance notable personalities including Skales, Fliptyce, Father DMW; Big Brother season 6 housemates, Sammie; On-Air Personality (OAP), Realskillz, Magnito and others.
Reacting to the turnout, the artiste confessed, “I swear, I didn’t know it will turn out this way. I started the project when I was travelling around the continent. I was in east Africa where I met with Zuchu and we did Sere; I did Summer Time in South Africa and it was amazing. I am happy to be here today to witness the level of reception.”
He continued: “I never planned for the EP, I was only going for shows around the continent, and it happened.”
Speaking on the reason he held the listening party months after his EP’s release, Olakira said, “I feel like it hasn’t gained that much awareness. It is just a culture thing; it is creating awareness for people to listen to my new project. It has been dropped since, but this is a normal thing to get it out there. I want people to feel the vibes over and over.”
On his next project, he said: “I am working on my album. I have a lot of artistes on this project; I don’t want to disclose yet, but it’s going to drop soon. This EP is to get my fans prepared for the big project. And, the response to this project has been amazing, people like good music.”
He continued: “With In My Maserati, I got my own house, nice car and gave my mum a nice retirement. I appreciate the love and support from everybody who took out time to be here. Good music I got, good music you shall receive.”
Calling for support for Nigerian artistes, he said: “I think we need to step up because that is why you see some of our artistes going outside the country for performance and relocation. Nigeria is where talents are; we need to appreciate our people. It is not easy to go to the studio and record songs and get a hit.”
So, Nigerians should please stream and buy songs, not download illegally because everything is still business.”