A wise adage from a not too distant past tells us the difference between skill and talent is hard work. Where the lines have not been blurred however is the point where the combination of skill, talent and hard work gets rewarded. For soul singer Falana, getting rewarded with attention for making great African music may not be an issue of utmost importance, but any average Nigerian who cares about music will only need a little conviction to evangelize the gospel of her music.
A self-credited, soul fusion player, Falana is a multi-disciplinary artiste, whose sound was birthed from a mixed pot of afrobeat, jazz, R&B and soul. As a student of the game and daughter of the sound, Falana began writing music themed around traditional popular music motifs of love and relationships.
This was until exposure to music from Lauryn Hill caused her to begin working on what she describes as “powerful and honest writing”. Coupled with her parents introducing her to Fela and King Sunny Ade while growing up in Canada, her playlist expanded to accommodate more influences in music from outliers of modern soul and jazz like Sade Adu, Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu alongside legends like Nina Simone, Etta James, and Duke Ellington.
Falana is an eclectic performer whose stage craft is a cross between a teasing Asa brimming with energy underneath her skin and a Fela nearly too weird to function.
Though born and raised in Canada, she sings in fluent Yoruba and over the last months, has been making more effort to establish a soundboard for her music to earn its own place in the industry. Since releasing her debut EP, Things Fall Together in 2014, Falana has opened for both Yemi Alade and Asa at Afropolitan Vibes and Asa Live In Lagos respectively. Her latest project is a series of live shows called Uncover’d, where she covers some of the biggest classics of all time.
Alternative singers in Nigerian are already seen as the weird kids because there are so few of them. It’s time we started hunting them out to share with the rest of the country, starting with Falana.