Hamzaa

Meet Hamzaa 6 Different Ways

Soul singer Hamzaa has released her debut EP First Signs Of Me. 

After teasing with Stranded Love, You and finally BreathingHamzaa has released the compilation of all her six sides as an introduction to her ever-growing audience. Already, You and Breathing have visuals to go with the amazing audio tracks and we hope there’s more. Hamzaa is showing with First Signs Of Me that she is no longer afraid of herself, telling tales of her heartbreak, pain and triumph with her music. The singer obviously seeks to inspire and encourage with this painstakingly honest EP “You’re going to come into a place where you’re going to fall in love and you’re going to feel heartbreak but you’re actually going to be fine” she says, reflecting on her past, “That’s how life works”. The EP features three new songs from this beautiful songstress to create the complete experience of who Hamzaa is.  The project boasts production from the likes of Emeli Sande, Jacob Attwool and Pantha.

Coming out of the sunken place is a hard journey, but Hamzaa is saying to her listeners “If I can do it, you can too.”

Breathing – Hamzaa

The third and final single ahead of R&B/Soul singer’s debut EP First Signs of Me is out with a video. The gospel-infused (but not preachy) single tells the tale of one finding and living true freedom…

A rare. Debut – Odunsi’s First Album

Pulling off a debut project that will make history books is hard. Making music that is inter-generational is even harder, but Odunsi has done it. The singer’s debut album premiered on the PGM Live radio show last Wednesday, an amazing private listening party on Thursday and the official public release on all platforms finally came through on Friday.

rare. is Odunsi’s first debut and it’s taken this vanguard two years to come through with this project. While some fans were mad that it’s taken their fave so long to put out a compilation, one listen to this superstar quality debut and you’ll understand why. The project samples the Funk/Disco sounds of the 70s/80s and some spins on 90s Hip-Hop and this has to be the best spin on the sounds produced this year and with such a superb blend of sound, you can’t really hate Odunsi’s music. With rare. we see Odunsi take sole charge of his brand aesthetic, adding to the redefinition of what it is to be an African artist in this age.

 

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rare. is successfully inter-generational and will go down in history as one of the best things to happen to Nigerian music since Fela

 

The album boasts features from mainstream and New School heavyweights: Runtown, Davido, Nasty C, Zamir, Tay Iwar, Lady Donli, Santi, Duendita, Amaarae, Hamzaa, Solis and 234Jaydaa. All the tracks on rare. are produced by Odunsi (save for Alté Cruise which was produced by Yinoluu, Take Me There produced by Le Mav and Outcast produced by Genio Bambino) with help from GMK, DJ Yin, Nosapollo, and Davido.

We waited two years to receive this piece of heaven and it should not by any means be squandered. Listen to rare. here.

 

You – Hamzaa

You is R&B/Soul artist Hamzaa’s second solo single and it is a follow-up to her debut single Stranded Love which dropped in June this year. We first heard this 19-year-old Londoner when she featured on Odunsi’s Mine earlier this year and we had to listen.

You is a self-written song by Hamzaa, produced by Jacob Attwooll. The song is a completely acoustic (and this writer is a sucker for a good acoustic); an ode to lost love. With Hamzaa’s beautiful husky vocals accompanied by melodies from the piano and guitar, You is sad in a way that soothes you. The video sees the artist through snippets of her creative process in writing and recording the song with flashbacks of the relationship she couldn’t save and the sadness that comes after such a loss.

With Stranded Love getting over 350k streams across Spotify and Apple Music, and airplay on BBC1 Xtra and Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show, and with such an amazing follow-up, we really are excited to see what more Hamzaa has for the world.

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