NINIOLA is set to take listeners on a tour of Africa’s ever-evolving dance music landscape on her dynamic sophomore album, Colours and Sounds (Pre-Save HERE), arriving Oct. 2 through her own Drumroll Records imprint and Naija Review.
Hailed as the “Queen of Afro House” and endorsed by the likes of Beyoncé and Drake, the Nigerian singer unites the Continent and the Diaspora on Colours and Sounds, incorporating influences from South Africa’s hypnotic Amapiano sound to Afro Bashment and vintage Afrobeat.
Producers include music icon and Verzuz co-founder, Timbaland; Niniola’s long-time collaborator Sarz (Beyonce, Drake) and fellow Nigerian beatmakers Kel-P (Burna Boy, Wizkid) and Nonso Amadi; Jamaica’s Teflon Zincfence (Chronixx, Koffee); and South Africa’ s Shuffle Muzik.
U.K. Afrowave boss Afro B adds his voice to “My Body,” while South Africa’s Busiswa brings gqom flavor to the hypnotic “Oh Sharp.” Nigerian music icon Femi Kuti, son of the great Fela, adds his distinctive sax tones on the Afrobeat-inspired “Fantasy,” and Kenyan trio Sauti Sol bring a mix of reggae and afropop vibes to the sunny, Kel P-produced “So Serious.”
While the musical flavors are many, NINIOLA’s performance is singular as she brings her A-game to each of the album’s 13 tracks. “My music is colourful and vibrant — it’s traveled across borders and it’s being played by different ethnicities, whether black or white,” NINIOLA says. “Even though my root genre is Afro House, I can do it all -— R&B, pop, folk. So I am basically a girl of many Colours and Sounds.”
Those curious to learn more about Niniola and her unique background can tune into her interview on CNN International’s African Voices, airing worldwide at 3:30am on Sat. Sept. 26 and at 1:30am; 6:30am; 1:30pm; 7:30pm; and 11:30pm on Sunday, Sept. 27. (All times EST).