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EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriter Niniola Apata—Niniola to her fans—has become a full-on Afro-house sensation since competing in Project Fame West Africa in 2013. Those performances would prove a landmark for Niniola’s stratospheric ascent to fame, helping her launch a solo career that culminates in the release of her debut full-length, This Is Me. Bouncing between English and Ekiti Yoruba, her vocals are direct and indie pop-inflected, couched in the syncopated percussion and harmonically complex background vocals of her native Nigeria. Award-winning Afrobeats producers including Sarz and Johnny Drille add their commercial touch to singles like "Maradona" and "Moyo" respectively, while the irresistibly inviting "Hold Me" gets a flash of style from dancehall royalty Patoranking.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriter Niniola Apata—Niniola to her fans—has become a full-on Afro-house sensation since competing in Project Fame West Africa in 2013. Those performances would prove a landmark for Niniola’s stratospheric ascent to fame, helping her launch a solo career that culminates in the release of her debut full-length, This Is Me. Bouncing between English and Ekiti Yoruba, her vocals are direct and indie pop-inflected, couched in the syncopated percussion and harmonically complex background vocals of her native Nigeria. Award-winning Afrobeats producers including Sarz and Johnny Drille add their commercial touch to singles like "Maradona" and "Moyo" respectively, while the irresistibly inviting "Hold Me" gets a flash of style from dancehall royalty Patoranking.

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About Niniola

By melding sinuous Afro-house rhythms with frank talk about sex and romance, Niniola has established herself as one of Nigeria’s most celebrated acts. Since emerging as a runner-up on reality TV show Project Fame West Africa, the Yoruba singer has become living proof that hard work, determination and creativity pay off. Her 2014 debut single “Ibadi” encapsulates her distinctive blend of Afrobeats, house music and a feisty, vivacious persona. On her 2017 hit “Maradona”, Niniola pushes boundaries as she sings unabashedly about a cheating boyfriend, and addresses the joys of love and heartbreak in thrilling fashion. She works with top Afro fusion producers like Legendury Beatz and SARZ, resulting in intoxicating club sounds that move the body and mind.

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