The collaborative culture in the creative arts withing the Lagosian cosmopolitan gave us the opportunity to play set designers for one day. The brief demanded that we
come up with several sets for a live recorded session featuring Nigeria’s up and coming “Soul Fusion” artist, Falana. Raised by Nigerian parents in Brampton, Canada,
Falana’s sound began falling together in her home. Despite describing her parents as “non-musical”, they introduced her to the sounds of Fela Kuti, and King Sunny Adé.
Noting pop’s prevalence at the time, she recalls writing love songs in the “traditional pop” style that she often heard on the radio. But it was upon listening to Lauryn Hill
that her powerful and honest writing style really began to take form. As she got into high school, her musical tastes expanded. Sade, Maxwell, Amy Winehouse and Erykah
Badu were added to her playlists alongside Nina Simone, Etta James, and Duke Ellington.
Not only did we come up with the concepts and conceptualize the sets, we were serenaded by her pitch perfection.
Falana Uncover’d 1: Lady – Fela Kuti (cover by Falana)
Falana Uncover’d 2- Feeling Good – Nina Simone (Cover by Falana)