Widely celebrated as the Queen of Afro-house, Niniola first came onto our radars as a contestant on the 2013 edition of the popular talent show, Project Fame West Africa. Her ensuing catalogue of singles like Ibadi, Soke and Shaba confirmed that she was a promising talent whose star was always destined to shine bright. Shortly after, a defining moment in her music career came when she released the Sarz produced hit single, Maradona, which cemented her spot as a leading artist in the Nigerian music industry.
Since then, there’s been no stopping Niniola as she has released a slew of chart-topping singles and earned herself a Grammy nomination for her work on Beyonce’s critically acclaimed 2019 album, The Lion King: The Gift.
In 2017, she released her debut album, This Is Me, which saw the artist showcasing the full range of her vocal dexterity and giving us a front row seat to all the facets of her captivating persona. Three years later, she’s back with her sophomore album, Colours and Sounds.
The fifteen-track project hosts a number of pre-released singles such as Addicted, Boda Sodiq and Bana, to name a few. A handful of names, including Femi Kuti, Sauti Sol and Nonso Amadi lend their vocals to different tracks with instrumentals rendered by top producers like Timbaland, Sarz, Kel P and more.
Much like her first album, Niniola flexes her effortless ability to soar vocally over an eclectic mix of Afro-house and Afro-pop instrumentals, singing about love, sex and everything in between, with an ever so jaunty demeanour. Her performance on the project is adequately supported by the featured names who are all splendid contributors in their own right.
Niniola’s position as the multi-faceted, superstar that she is, has long been confirmed by her preceding work, and this album reassures her and fans alike that she isn’t likely to be dethroned anytime soon. She is indeed “a queen on her throne, living by her own rules” who is bound to be here for a very long and equally thrilling time.