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Oyedele unlocks ballad of emotions in Felt

By Chinonso Ihekire
13 November 2021   |   2:45 am
It is a Ballad. And that itself proves the rarity of his sound. With Felt, Peter Oyedele, popular in music circles as Oyedele, has stepped into Nigeria’s alternative music scene

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It is a Ballad. And that itself proves the rarity of his sound. With Felt, Peter Oyedele, popular in music circles as Oyedele, has stepped into Nigeria’s alternative music scene with a soul-stirring love ballad.

“Like an afternoon sunbath, Felt is an ode to olden love, sought found, and cherished,” the 25-year-old says, mouth tucked in smiles. On Tosin Amire’s music design, Oyedele raps to his ‘dream woman’, with sugar coated promises and proverbs-laden lyrics. He takes the listener on a journey of pensive, hopeful, love-filled wonder, and his duet partner-in-crime, Kido, helps bloom the roses on the record with her heart-pulling chorus.

 
The song, which is the lead single off Oyedele’s Night of a Billion Stars EP, sees Oyedele pursue a unique career which sees him prioritizing creative self-expression over his drive for fame.
  
“I started making music seriously in 2017, when I dropped Vinyl Plays EP. But it wasn’t like I had not been music inclined, or rapping. I didn’t see my music as something that could be sustainable. Just an outlet. I dropped a mixtape in 2015 titled Story of a Lonely Clown. It was a manifesto to prove I could rap, and I followed with Vinyl Plays, a manifesto, sort of, to prove I could make music. Since then I’ve not looked back.”
  
The Akure native also envisions a future where his music becomes an outlet for others and helps them to emote freely and bravely.
  
“The music is just starting out, I’ve always wanted to make beautiful, commercially viable rhythms that carry heavy messages. I want to see how far I can push the confines of conventional music standards, and I want to know how strong I can evoke people to action, to feel. How many more emotions are we capable of that we have not accessed? So, yeah, music you can dance to, vibe to, but with enough jewels within if you’re willing to dig. That’s the balance I’m trying to strike,” he said. 

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