Olakira is one of Nigeria’s fast-rising Afrobeats artists, music producers, and songwriters, this decade. He has excelled in songwriting and production severally and that can be heard from the smash hit singles he has written, co- written and produced like “My Woman” by Nigerian artist Dotman, “Xpressions” by Haekins featuring Mayorkun. Etc.
His success and growth lead him to release “Wakanda Jollof” EP (June 2019), under his record label U&I Music. Olakira wrote and produced all “Wakanda Jollof” songs with the assistance of co-producer Zimbabwean beatsmith Mr. Kamera. The EP is a series of love songs, from “Aya Mi” (My Love), “Flirty Signal”, “Ma Cherie Coco”, “Money Groove”, “Summer Time”, “Till Dawn” to “Wakanda Jollof”; exploring the different aspects of relationships and the challenges that lovers go through. It covers the themes’ portrayal of love, betrayal, and steadfastness.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the EP, Olakira says, “With ‘Wakanda Jollof’, I put together the best music styles and genres from the continent spiced up for a global audience. Wakanda is a unifying word, recognized worldwide as a good symbol for Africa, while Jollof is Africa’s favorite spicy rice dish, so I’m basically serving up a spicy dish from the continent to the rest of the world”.
Prior to the 7-track EP, Olakira’s breakout single was HEY LOVER—the mid-tempo jam 2018 summer jam, now being released in East Africa. HEY LOVER music video, following a love in turmoil storyline, was shot and directed in Lagos by the acclaimed video director: Unlimited LA.
Speaking of HEY LOVER’s East African release, Olakira says, “Hey Lover is the perfect song to introduce me to my East African fan base as it represents all my sounds as an Afrobeats artist but at the same time, it’s quite musical and I know my fans will enjoy this,” adding, “I am equally excited to launching my brand in East Africa. Can’t wait to share more of the content I’ve been working hard to create. I want to connect with my fans, starting with in Kenya, where I plan to shoot my upcoming video soon!”
Making his debut into the music scene with a hit single “Hey Lover” , Olakira has been making waves across Nigeria over the past 12 months, and is already hotly tipped to be one of Africa’s next rated stars.