Debola Abimbolu

Critic

Nigeria

Debola Abimbolu is a writer for The Native Magazine

C.O.L.D

Date: 29 Jun 2018 Category: Music
6.0 Rating
Ice Prince’s ability to bounce between singing and rap or between rap and pop anchored his last project, ‘Jos To The World’. Despite its scorn and criticism, Ice Prince continues to show faith in his dexterity with his new project, ‘C.O.L.D‘ embracing more pop musical influences like funk, R&B, EDM and house. Conventional rap fans who have watched in disdain as he crossed over to the pop side will, however, be glad to know ‘C.O ...

Oṣó

Date: 27 Mar 2018 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Even by standards of critically uncool music, Brymo’s Oso album is not cool. There was once a time when music branded as “alternative” just needed a well-told relatable story, but those simple times are over. The alt music scene is now self-aware introspection set to slinky Afropop and Adekunle Gold singing blues about love and life in the wilderness. It makes Brymo’s latest album a complete anachronism, and potentially more charming f ...

One People One World

Date: 23 Feb 2018 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Like all artists with intent to evoke thoughts and emotions, Fela’s music deliberately arranged symbolic elements of sounds and subject matter in a way that influences and affects listeners. He took on the commitment to serving a social cause with his music, performing at a time when Nigeria’s dictatorial military regimes inspired him to speak against the evils they perpetuated in society without fear for his own life or safety. Fela’s figh ...

Late Night Vibrations

Date: 29 Jan 2018 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Bella Alubo and YCEE aren’t the power couple we deserve—or the ones we want even—but after listening to their electric combination on “Radio”, we wondered about the potential for both rappers to embrace thier pop sides, working different conventions of that neo-R&B style. No need to look too far though, as Bella and YCEE have reunited for a new project, Late Night Vibration, and this time, they flaunt their vulnerability through the ...

This Is Me

Date: 30 Oct 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
House music has become a force that even the Nigerian mainstream can’t resist; from Olamide to Wizkid and CDQ, everyone seems to be dipping a foot in that pool. The synth based genre helped push the narrative that Afropop artists aren’t afraid to experiment with new sounds and Niniola’s singles are the best example of what a mix of Nigerian sensibilities and house sounds like; it stretches and softens, creating a distinct sonic identity tha ...