My Parents Used To Listen To Musicians Like King Sunny Ade, Chief Ebenezer Obey And Others - Falana TrendyVoice

1 July 2016

My Parents Used To Listen To Musicians Like King Sunny Ade, Chief Ebenezer Obey And Others - Falana




Listen to her music, and you will be amazed at
her enviable creativity and intellect. Even though
she's not a household name in the Nigerian
music industry, Falana definitely has what it
takes to blow you away.

Having honed a sound that she calls "Soul
Fusion", her very own blend of Jazz, Soul,
Afrobeat, and RnB in far away Cuba, the rising
singer is doing everything to launch herself into
the mainstream popular music in the country. In
doing so, she recently headlined her own concert
series tagged "Uncover'd", a monthly musical
concert which will run from June through
September.

The concert held at Iamsigo Showroom, Victoria
Island, Lagos, last week. The live show series,
according to her, is tied around a pop-up concert
series that invites audiences to explore the
stories, style and sounds of Falana live in concert.


A departure from what obtains in the nation's
music scene, the singer, will be covering some
classics with the added twist of her own unique
touch. Every month, in different vibrant spaces
across Lagos, Falana will take her audiences
through her musical odyssey.

Speaking on the idea behind the concept, the
Ogun State-born singer said, "I have an obsession
with rearranging classic songs by my favourite
artistes. It's like time travel, I love the nostalgia."
Falana also recently released her first official
video off her Uncover'd series which is a cover to
Fela Kuti's Lady. The Uncover'd live performance
will see the singer cover three classics
introducing new styles and set design that will
show fans a different artistic side of her life. Born
and raised in Brampton Canada, where she
started singing at the age of four, Falana is
breaking new grounds in her chosen career. She
sings in Yoruba language and working frantically
to earn her music a place in the highly
competitive industry.

Apart from possessing a powerful voice and
performing abilities that are beyond her years,
Falana admits that she grew up with a passionate
taste for music. She started singing in her church
choir at the age of four and reflects upon those
church days with a smile.

"People have different gifts. But singing came
naturally to me. I started singing at the age of
four,"she began to relay her story.
Nobody taught her how to sing, "As a child, I was
singing in my church choir."
Her singing improved through her teens as she
performed in her church and school. She credits
her upbringing to her unique musical style. "Then
my parents used to listen to musicians like King
Sunny Ade, Chief Ebenezer Obey among others."
Falana, however, described her music as a blend
of Jazz, Soul, Afrobeat, and RnB, adding that she
finds it difficult to classify her style of music. "I
find it difficult to classify my music. I don't have a
particular kind of style. My music is a blend of all
genres. I don't sing jazz, but I have jazz
influences. I don't sing Afro soul music, yet I have
the genre's influences. I love percussion because
I used to play it in my church. I played percussion
as a child. So, I like to put a lot of rhythm into my
music. I am influenced by different genres as a
result of my musical experiences."

According to Falana, she spent some times in
Cuba studying music. She also performed at
several shows in Cuba. But only last year, she
made her debut in the nation's music scene,
performing at the annual Felabration.
Falana is yet to release an album, but her debut
EP, "Things Fall Together" which she released in
2014, is still making waves. She has opened the
stage for both Yemi Alade and Asa at Afropolitan
Vibes and Asa Live In Lagos respectively. "I'm
trying to get people to know who I am and to
popularize my own monthly live show," she
echoed.




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