Niniola takes listeners on a tour of Africa’s ever-evolving dance music landscape with her dynamic sophomore album, Colours and Sounds. Celebrated 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 Jamaican dancehall and vintage Afrobeat.
She is one of the most successful and acclaimed female artists in African music. Hits like “Maradona,” “Designer” and “Boda Sodiq” have won her glowing endorsements from Drake and Timbaland. Beyoncé also looked to “Maradona” for inspiration when crafting “Find Your Way Back” from 2019’s The Lion King: The Gift and 2020’s Black is King. Her successful portfolio has attracted some of Africa’s finest to craft the perfect album.
She features UK’s Afrowave boss Afro B on “My Body,” while South Africa’s Busiswa brings gqom flavour to the hypnotic “Oh Sharp.” Nigerian music icon Femi Kuti adds his distinctive sax tones on the Afro-beat inspired “Fantasy,” and Kenyan quartet Sauti Sol bring a mix of reggae and Afro-pop vibes to the sunny, Kel P-produced “So Serious.”
While the musical flavours are many, Niniola’s performance is singular as she brings her A-game to all 13 tracks. “My music is colourful and vibrant, it’s travelled 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.”