Niyola has something to say. Long regarded as one of the most soulful artists operating in the Nigerian music industry, the one-time EME signee has maintained an ephemeral presence despite putting out little material as the years have gone by. After a three-year absence from the Nigerian music industry, the singer is back with another artistic message of substance and self-introspection on Olúmorántí.
Olúmorántí is part memoir and reflection on loss. Named after her late father, the single finds Niyola documenting the tough process of dealing with his death and that of her mom as she tunnels in on feelings of hurt, anger, and frustration. Co-written by British-Nigerian singer, Moelogo, the deft interchange of Yoruba and English used to express her feelings lends depth to Niyola’s message.
On her Olúmorántí, there’s no rustiness evident in Niyola’s powerful voice as she easily glides over the sanguine instrumental while maintaining grace. In another sequence of singing comes acceptance as Niyola’s overall mood segues into expectations for the future without her loved ones.