IfeOluwa Nihinlola

Critic

Nigeria

IfeOluwa Nihinlola is writer and editor resident in Lagos. He is also a contributing writer at Music in Africa

Timeless

Date: 30 Jun 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Omawumi’s first two albums, Wonder Woman and Lasso of Truth, reference the same superhero. The new one, Timeless, isn’t a departure from the theme. After all, Diana the Wonder Woman is a citizen of Theymiscira, a mythical, timeless paradise. Artists and critics often qualify works of art as ‘timeless’: artists do this when they imagine they’ve created something important; critics use it if they’re besotted with clichés. In turn ...

Simisola

Date: 07 Sep 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
“See me, this is who I am,” artists often mean with eponymous albums, either as introduction—on debuts—or affirmation of an image lost or about to change. On Simisola, Simi is both introducing herself as a full-fledged pop artist and also showing her mainstream ambitions, nine years after Ogaju, her gospel album debut. She has crafted a complete album, as opposed to cobbling together a selection of hit singles—the usual for Nigerian ...

Gold

Date: 28 Jul 2016 Category: Music
10.0 Rating
Adekunle Gold’s music is the alternative version of a genre that hasn’t been mainstream in two decades. His voice and language are reminiscent of 9ice, the hip hop artist who took Yoruba—not the easily digestible version of the streets of Lagos, but a concentrated version of the language from his roots in Oyo State—and layered it onto danceable beats of Nigerian hip hop. 9ice’s Yoruba is denser than Adekunle Gold's, yet on his eponym ...

Chemistry

Date: 27 Oct 2016 Category: Music
5.0 Rating
In the months leading to, and days following, the release of their EP, Chemistry, much of the chatter around Falz and Simi has been about the perceived romance between them.
This suspicion is what they’ve both mined, in what should be acknowledged as a fantastic PR/management move, to keep their names relevant in a Nigerian music scene that runs like it’s dependent on the attention span of a toddler.
With the focus on ...