Genre: Afro-pop, R&B
Release: Sep 8
Making a full-blown Afro-pop-R&B record is not a stretch for Simisola Ogunleye, better known by her stage name Simi. She's seen lively tracks and has managed to include some of them in her first full-length album, which, after giving a first listen, is breathtaking.
Even in the numerous projects she has done with Falz the Bahd Guy, her effort has always been impressive. Their collaborative EP "Chemistry" displayed a symbiotic relationship, where both artistes would channel energy from each other to present a brilliant project.
Now, Simi has gone solo on her latest album "Simisola". From the album title, you can already figure out that the album revolves around her. She retains some of the qualities that set her apart from other artistes and focuses on her individuality.
The 15-track collection has elicited great reaction from her fans, who have expressed great admiration for her work since the album dropped. And she very much at this point of her career deserves to have a compilation that fits with other Afro-pop titles.
In 53 minutes, you get to experience an effort built on romance and self-appreciation. Her sound is catchy and her energy makes every track fully hers. Even when the songs here evoke other hits she's previously released, they’re still bangers in their own right.
Her voice is fullest throughout the album brimming with hits such as "Remind Me," "Joromi," "Aimasiko," "Original Baby," "Smile For Me," "Love Don't Care," "Jamb Question" and "Tiff". Adekunle Gold is the only guest appearance, offering his vocals on the track "Take Me Back".
One of Simi's greatest qualities is that she is good at telling stories, constructing her music around themes we can relate to. She has a powerful, sonorous voice that will always grab her fans' attention.
"Simisola solidifies Simi's position as one of the best artistes out of Nigeria. Her evocative storytelling and ability to create well-thought-out music are all packaged in the project. This is just the beginning and we expect a whole lot more from this beautiful soul.
Star rating: 4 out of 5