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Falana Performs Alongside Jennifer Hudson & John Legend At Global Citizen Prize Awards

Nigerian-Canadian singer, Falana has added another feather to her hat, being only African performer at the 2019 Global Citizen Prize awards that held at Kensington Pavilion Royal, London. At the high profile event which will be broadcast around the world from December 20, Falana performed alongside global stars like Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, Sting, Stormzy. Among the other special guests at the event were H.E.R and Chris Martin.

For her thrilling set, the Alternative-soul songstress who also dabbles in Afrobeats delivered covers of Lewis Capaldi and Sia records. She also treated the audience to a live rendition of cuts off her soon-to-be-released debut album. Her set was so captivating that she bowed out to a standing ovation after her performance.

Falana With Raphel Saadiq After Her Performance

Falana With Raphel Saadiq After Her Performance

The event held by Global Citizen — a London-International advocacy organization– to award individuals who have made efforts to eradicate extreme poverty in the world in their capacities.  One of the awardees was English musician and actor, Sting who won the Artist of the Year prize for using his platform to champion the course of protecting the world’s rainforests.

Flana With Ronan Keetniv At The Event

Falana With Ronan Keetniv At The Event

The Global Citizen Prize show will also air on Dec. 20, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC in the United States; and on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. GMT on Sky TV in the UK.

Falana Kicked Off Her Chapter One (EP) Tour With A Night Of Indelible Artistic Experience

On Friday, August 16, Falana kicked off her Chapter One Tour. The Neo-Soul and R&B singer had fans, family and friends gathered at the Terra Kulture, Lagos, for the first stop of her tour which is set to hit other African cities like Accra, Kigali, and Abuja.

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The star of the night, Falana, performing live (Falana)

Anchored by Douglas Jekan, the event hosted a long list of celebrated guests and influencers like Denola Grey, Pamilerin, Godwin Tom as well as colleagues: BOJ, Teezee, Wavy The Creator, Odunsi (The Engine) and many others.

AYLØ serenading on stage

AYLØ serenading on stage

After thrilling performances by opening acts, Deena Ade, Celeste and Aylø -who just put out an impressive project “Dnt Dlt“- the star of the night, Falana was ushered on stage to a rockstar’s welcome, as she quickly takes us to church with “O God, here I am...”

Backed by her beaming six-piece band, the Nigerian-Canadian singer took us through her recently-released “Chapter One” EP, delivering acoustic renditions of some of the standouts of the well-received project, thereby giving them a flavor different to the way they were consumed on the tape.

Radiant and commanding on stage, Falana ran us through a run of old picks such as ‘To Zion‘, ‘Feel Your Energy‘, ‘Start Again‘ and ‘Dynamite‘. One of the highlights of the night was her performance of ‘Woman’, her somber record centered around women empowerment, highlighting the outstanding contributions of women in our society. Mid-performance, she broke into a monologue that accentuates the grim realities of single women in a patriarchal society such as ours.

Falana saved the best for the last as she closed her 1 hour 30 minutes set with her popular single ‘Ride or Die‘. The live rendition of this song filled the room with a gripping air of nostalgia, inciting the already captive audience to sing along to the standout record.

That wasn’t the end of the fun though, as everyone headed to Club 57 for the Culture Custodian-hosted after party.

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The host, Douglas Jekan (Falana)

The Lagos show was indeed a night to remember loaded with a pure and indelible artistic experience that left the audience roaring in appreciation. Her next stop is Accra where she would be treating unsuspecting Ghanaians to her thrilling performances. What a way to kick-off a tour!

 

Falana , GoodGirl LA and DJ San Gabriel from Berlin feature on PGM Radio

In this episode, we hosted Falana who discussed the kick-off of her African Tour of the Chapter One EP, GoodGirl LA premiered her new EP Confidential and DJ San Gabriel from Berlin played us a special set on the PGM Radio Show

Time Codes

00:45 – Intro
9:03 – Falana discusses the kickoff of her Chapter One EP Africa tour.
31:17 – GoodGirl LA came through to premiere her new EP Confidential
56:22 – San Gabriel came from Berlin to play us a special DJ set.

 

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Mr. Eazi, Falana, & Seyi Shay feature on the Pushing Good Music Radio Show

In this episode, Mr. Eazi stops by to discuss his new ep “Lagos To London” and shares his acquired knowledge of the music business.

Ride Or Ride – Falana

Falana is one artist we know for her unique blend of flavor when it comes to putting out music.  Growing up in Toronto, the singer was exposed to both Afrobeats and Highlife along with International chart hits and she’s a master at bringing this diversity of influence of music to life.

Skepta & Wizkid Are Alté Cruising – Bad Energy Video

We’ve seen a recent wave of videos pay homage to 90’s Nollywood with the VHS-style footage (the peak being Santi’s self-directed Freaky video); an aesthetic many would attribute to the Alté Movement.

Introducing Falana

Falana. Until fairly recently this name was associated in the Nigerian psyche with activism and law courts, fights for social liberties and to correct injustice. The only thing music related about the name was Femi Falana representing the great Fela during his many brushes with the law. This, however, is slowly changing. First, there was Folarin Falana, Falz, whose combination of comedy and satirical lyrics has turned him into a BET award-winning superstar. And now we have a singer and multi-instrumentalist simply named Falana.

Born and raised in Canada to Nigerian parents her music is very reflective of her early influences, Lauren Hill and Fela Kuti, but that’s just half the story. Spending a year in Havana, Cuba helped her develop her musical personality, hone her stage craft and it was also where her debut EP “Things Fall Together” was recorded.

Things Fall Together is a combination of jazz, Rn’B, and soul. A blend that Falana likes to call Soul Fusion.

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The EP’s major theme is love. The 5 tracks telling a love story of heartbreak, forgiveness, and redemption. Falana goes from rejecting the advances of an old lover in “Re-infiltrator”, to weighing up the decision on “Chances” and finally giving and starting anew on “Start Again”.

“To Benard” is the standout track on the EP. A retrospective look at the reasons for love failing and a relationship’s end.

The beauty of music is that it can transcend borders and language barriers. With “Angelistos Negros”, the Black Angles, Falana had me wishing I had a proper understanding of the Spanish language. A beautiful song.

Falana’s presentation of her music excites just as much as the music. Her pop-up series of concerts are intimate gatherings designed to introduce her to the Nigerian audience. It is highly recommended that you attend one of the concerts to fully appreciate her work. The best music is always live.

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We at thePGMclub are very excited about Falana and eagerly await her forthcoming debut album.

Follow her social media @falanamusic

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