By Gboyega Adeoya
Simisola Ogunleye, simply known by the stage name Simi has had an incredible spree with beautiful songs spanning over a decade on the Nigerian music scene. Her first appearance was the dance song titled Ara Ile off Ogaju, her debut. The songs that came after that, with more promise, were Tiff and Jamb Question. Her recent discography is a list of Impactful love songs like Smile For Me and Love Don’t Care. The list also has a 2015 release titled Open and Close which is possibly a reflection of the regular Lagos girl.
Her latest single, Joromi is an Afro tune with soft lyrics expressing the feelings of a young lady towards the man she has a “deadly” crush on. Literally. How could you forget your purse at his table/car three times? Speaking of which, music, by it’s very nature, is said to be a way to give expression to human feelings and conceptions. Musicians with great talent apply this concept to everyday life and living. Women apparently by default have a fantasy of what they want in a man, their kind of man with all the fine qualities that almost don’t exist in one place. This idea has been given expression by many musicians across different climes and in different ways.
Dolly Parton’s Joleen is a classic song that tells a slightly different story. One of Asa’s masterpieces, “Be My Man” comes to mind, MTN Project Fame’s Chidinma had a similar story to tell in her hit song “Kedike” and you can’t forget Soty’s Malaria from 2006. Joromi is a great song with 2 verses and a simple message too, to the man in question: “..take my number, Joromi, call me later..”
Simi adds sound engineering to her vocal performance and artistry, with a list of songs to her credit especially Adekunle Gold’s self-titled GOLD debut which was mixed and mastered almost entirely by Simi. She got signed to X3M music in 2014 after she released an EP titled “Restless”. Her music is characterised by well-thought lyrics, real character, artistic expressions – music with essence! She was present with her A-game on the Chemistry EP, a collaborative project with Falz which had songs like Cindarella, Foreign and Enough.
Her sophomore, #SimisolaTheAlbum is ready for reception by music lovers at home, abroad and indeed for everyone who appreciates real music. The album drops September 8, 2017, so anticipate! We are excited for one of Nigeria’s finest voices and we wish her great success on this new body of art!