As the world gathered to watch as Arsenal and Chelsea battle it out for the Europa League title, friends, family, fans, supporters and lovers of good music were gathered at Bar Bar in Lekki to celebrate with Deena Ade and watch her perform her new EP live. A few days earlier, Deena Ade had released her new “May Love Find You” EP, and on Wednesday, May 29, she was holding an open live listening session for the nascent project. This would be the first time any of the songs off the EP would be performed live.
Other creators and industry colleagues like BarelyAnyHook, Aye, Tey, A-Q, Bigfoot, Tosan Mac and others came through to show support to Madam Suya.
Rising act, Ovye who opened the night, delivered a captivating and memorable performance that left an impression on many. Right after his performance, the star of the night, Deena Ade is introduced to thrilling entrance music from the band and deafening cheers from the excited audience.
“Good evening everyone” she finally says as she thanked us for coming, and promised us a night of amazing music. Backed by the five-piece Gingerbread band, Deena Ade opens her set with ‘Shere’ – standout off her 2018 EP “The Cries Of My Subconscious”, which she describes as a post-breakup analysis.
Her performance climaxed with a run of the songs off the 5-track EP, as she walked the audience through the creative process of each track. Sadly, Dami Oniru doesn’t turn up to guest on fan-favourite ‘Ma Ti Lo’. A song Deena describes as an attempt to get attention from a potential lost-love.
Deena Ade is no stranger to live performances and it showed. She was of course, radiant, confident, fascinating to watch on stage.
With her amiable vocals, her warmth shines through as she breathes new life into the records. “May You Find Love” would never sound the same after this live and intimate experience. Throughout the night, Deena is dazzling, composed and overly thankful for the love and support she receives.
Speaking about ‘Midnight Drive’,the third track off the tape, Deena says, “The day I wrote this, I wanted to emphasise on travelling far to see someone…and I have a lover in Magodo, so I would leave my house several times at night when my mother would probably kill me. So that’s what this song is about“.
She closes her performances with a sultry live rendition of one of her most successful records and her personal favourite, the Bella Alubo-assisted ‘Savage’,
Right after, Deena engages in a Q&A session about the project, her artistic journey and her influences. When asked what she would be doing if not doing music? She replied, “I’d be a revolutionary”. Deena Ade also reaffirmed her unflinching stand against violence against women and abuse of power.
The “May Love Find You” live listening session was indeed a night of good live music, food and drinks. It was as a reminder of Deena’s gifts not only as a singer and songwriter but also as a captivating performer.
Listen to the EP here.
Photo Credit: The Late Night Soirée